$50,000 Worth of Copper Piping Stolen from Camp Concord in Lake Tahoe

February 5, 2013 10:47 am · 14 comments

Authorities in El Dorado County are investigating the theft of $50,000 worth of copper piping from Camp Concord, according to LakeTahoeNews.net.

The theft happened sometime during the winter, when the camp is closed. LakeTahoeNews.net is reporting authorities believe somebody familiar with the property is responsible for the crime, because it looks as though they used a key to get inside the locked gates of the camp.

No suspects have been identified or arrested.

MissJamie February 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM

so many ruthless & toothless people out there !! Stealing from a kids camp that is already stuggling to stay in biz … SHAMELESS!!
I love Camp Concord, camped there many summers, and went back as a counselor. Such a lovely, and fun place. I wish I could remember the camp songs we sang … and skit night was the best!!
I hope the catch the A’hole who stole from Camp Concord!!!

J. February 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I wonder where they fenced it? The local recycling company up there won’t take copper (according to the story).

Starfish February 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

The things people have to do just to get by in this world. They need to catch this creep!

Kirkwood February 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

That’s a tragedy, but I don’t know how it could be prevented without a live-in caretaker. It’s remote location and numerous buildings make any type of alarms ineffective. It would mean burglars crawling through snow and mud to get under the bldgs.

Camp Concord hires a new batch of temporary summer workers each year. Many receive keys that often are not returned.

Russ Shackleford February 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM


South Tahoe Refuse won’t take it, but I’d bet money that there are recyclers in Reno or Carson City that won’t think twice about where it came from and will just buy it.

Ricardoh February 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The solution here is to shut down recycle companies or make any one recycling material get a permit. I am not in favor of big government but this is becoming a costly affair. Seems as though recycle companies don’t care where material comes from. If that is the case let them recycle paper, cans, and bottles only.

Reality says... February 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Why don’t they implement the same process pawn shops do. I believe (someone can correct me if I’m wrong) you have to provide a finger print and CDL to sell something at the pawn shops.

Junk yards had a program instituted where every body part had to have a serial number or some ID on it and if it came back hot during inspections they were arrested. I lived in LA when this was implemented and the hot shops closed and the legit yards no longer took hot parts. It seemed to make a difference.

bumper February 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Meth-head tweakers strike again…

Cynthia Herrmann February 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM

My brother used to be the caretaker there. Concord did not want to pay anyone to stay there anymore in the winter. Which would have been cheaper?

Always Right February 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

This material is likely not being recycled here in the USA. It is getting stuffed in a rusty shipping container and sent to china. The Chinese don’t care, the shipping companies don’t care.

The best way to stop this is to raise the penalties for theft and enforce the law.

Anon2you February 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Easy crime to solve, just check the Recycling Centers within 50 or so miles and anyone with massive amounts of copper pipe who tries to turn it in, BUST their asses. Any legitimatize recyclers should be able to prove where they got the material, and common the Center doesn’t get suspicious with that amount of copper being turned in? It is time to hold the Recycling Centers accountable for buying stolen property! I agree with some earlier posts, they should be handled more like a Pawn Shop and ID and finger prints should be required on any and all industrial grade transactions. Not for a bag of cans or bottles, but if they show up with excessive amounts of wire or pipe then card and print them…

Inthebarrio February 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Ruthless and toothless- LOL!

Babs February 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM

one of my pet peeves. the city spends a small fortune on this camp and yet there is no money for our library to be enlarged or updated. Plus we don’t even own the darn thing. And how many people does it actually serve. Not a good way to spend city money.

CJ February 7, 2013 at 5:32 AM

Come on folks…get a clue. Selling recyclables already does require you present a valid ID and fingerprint. Yes even for a bag of cans and bottles. Recyclers encounter considerable amounts copper pipes on a regular basis. Without an identifying mark, its difficult to speculate where they may have come from.. Face it millions of older buildings of all types wer initially equipted with copper pipes.

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