Not only have thieves looking for an easy buck targeted the contents of the catalytic converters on your cars and the cans and bottles in your recycling bins, it turns out they’re also grabbing the empty waste bins themselves.
According to Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, thieves steal trash bins in order to sell the plastic to recycling plants for cash.
“It’s yet another item that thieves can steal, and there’s a recycling demand for plastics, just like the metals, aluminum and copper and so on,” he said.
Harley said that these thefts are a small, but steady problem, not just in La Cañada Flintridge, but throughout the region.
“I don’t know if they’ve gone up, but there are a couple, maybe two or three a month, approximately,” he said. “It’s something that happens everywhere.”