Hold on to Your iPhones and Copper. Tightly.

by Prince Of Petworth November 16, 2010 at 11:30 am 13 Comments

Yikes, huge rash of iPhone robberies. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this warning but it’s easy to get lax. From MPD:

“Over the weekend, there were at least 4 street-level robberies involving iPhones. In each case, the suspects approached the victim that was either talking or carrying the phone, and snatched it before running away. The robberies occurred in various areas of the Second District, including:

o 1500 Block of 15th Street, NW
o 1200 Block of Riggs Place, NW
o 1500 Block of T Street, NW
o 2300 Block of L Street, NW

We’re seeing folks getting phones snatched away as they walk down the street, or grabbed from tables while sitting at restaurants. Although the vast majority of these offenses do not involve physical harm to the victim, this is a continuing trend that deserves attention.”

And another sad incident from the 2nd police district from MPD:

“The complainant reports between 6:30 pm on 11/11/10 and 6:30 am on 11/12/10, unknown suspect/s stole approximately 175-200 feet of copper downspouts from the front, side and rear of the location, which is under construction. There is no lookout for any suspect/s.”

Whenever I find copy on buildings I always photograph it and when I post it someone always says that it’ll get stolen. But this is the first report I’ve seen of such a theft. And now I’m saddened…

  • About a year ago, when I was still a defense attorney, I noticed a big uptick in charges for theft of copper accessories from homes. This was in MoCo. Also sad to see it happening here. A sign of our economic times, I suppose. Wasn’t there a string of thefts of manhole covers in NYC last year sometime?

  • TaylorStreetMan

    I’ve heard a lot of reports of stolen copper gutters. I’m surprised people still put them up. I know they look nice and all (though not my personal taste) – especially when they get patina-encrusted – but it just doesn’t make sense to me. Sooner or later, they’ll get stripped while you’re on vacation.

    Didn’t the Nat’l Cathedral get a bunch of copper roofing or something stolen? I could be wrong about that, though.

    • Eric in Ledroit

      copper is not just decorative – it lasts forever and will not rust or corrode unlike other metals. Highly functional. Love my copper roof.

      • TaylorStreetMan

        don’t get me wrong. Not knocking copper. I just think it’s way too tempting for punks with sticky fingers.

      • EPF

        I’ve been told copper flashing has some benefit too. Something like resisting moss that can do damage to a roof.

        • ah

          That’s zinc–you put a zinc strip at the peak and when combined with rain water there’s enough of a chemical reaction that it retards moss.

          • TaylorStreetMan

            Well, I for one don’t want retarded moss on my roof! Count me out!

      • JohnnyReb

        Well, my 62-year-old copper gutters and downspouts are just about on their last legs. I’ve had a gutter guy solder several seams that split open over the last 6 years or so. But a thicker copper roof should last a long time. Unfortunately, copper doesn’t develop the blue-green patina that it used too – it just turns brown.

        • ah

          Depends on the environment of where you are. If you move your house to the beach it will get greener.

    • ah

      Asked a builder-buddy of mine about this and he says he’s never heard of copper gutters getting stolen except when a house is under construction. He said pretty much every time these thefts are inside jobs–i.e., someone on the gutter team tells his buddy who comes and undoes their hard work that evening.

  • Anonymous

    We’ve had a rash of bike thefts up in Petworth. Our alley alone something like 6 bikes in a month. Another one this morning, guy cut 2 locks to get the nice purple cannondale. Hopped a fence to get behind the partial garage where they were apparently stored. Hard times Hard Times….

  • MK

    This goes along with the rash of break-ins to steal laptops and passports. Happy Holidays.

  • Just another caper for Bubs.


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