The frustration with copper thieves in California has reached the point that a young northern San Joaquin Valley farmer took steps to help the law catch his thieves. Cannon Michael of Bowles Farming in Los Banos, Calif., made it difficult for the crooks to elude the law with two of the four tires on their getaway truck shredded by spikes.
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This is one of the two “nasty” spike strips built in the Bowles Farming shop to deter copper thieves.
A Merced County, Calif., sheriff’s deputy questions a suspect in a copper theft. He was in the pickup with the shredded front tires.
This electrical box for an irrigation pump has been hit four times by copper thieves. The fourth time turned out to be one time too many.
Cannon Michael is vice president of Bowles Farming in Los Banos, Calif. He has grown more frustrated with each copper theft off his family’s farm.