Overall vandalism expenses down since 2006.

ARCATA – A $7,000 share of last month’s $8,540 vandalism bill resulted from one incident – the theft of an emergency generator cable from the Community Center.

The 100-foot cable was a special, four-conductor bundle of copper wire two inches in diameter, with the capability of handling enough amperage to power the Community Center. Its plug alone cost $1,200.

The cable was stolen and sold to a non-Arcata recycling business for its copper value. The thief got less than $200 for it. Arcata Police located the recycler, identified the alleged thief and, almost miraculously, recovered the cable on its way to Oakland for processing. Though stripped, there was enough of the cable left for the Parks Division to re-order parts for it.


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