STOCKTON, Calif. - Stockton business owners are frustrated by an increase in metal thefts and a lack of response from police.
At St. Mark's Plaza along March Lane, pipes and valves have been removed in several spots. So have the metal cages that were installed to prevent those thefts.
"They probably get $20 and it costs us 6,000. It's frustrating. We're trying to keep jobs here and support families," Kelley Bestolarides with Bestolarides CPA said.
At one spot in the plaza, the locks have been taken but the cage is still there. Business people fully expect the cage and pipes underneath to be gone soon.