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Copper stolen from city water department trucks

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FOX 5 has learned about more break-ins at Atlanta Watershed Management, where expensive city resources were stolen from a facility that's supposed to be secured.

The two large trucks had just returned from the repair shop and were parked inside a fenced-in area on 14th Street. They were supposed to have been watched by a surveillance camera. Employees said that those cameras weren't working.

The thieves shattered the glass on the trucks' driver side windows and took more than $2,000 worth of copper.  

Jim Scerenscko, a vice president of PACE Union, said that one of his members had been assigned to one of the trucks that got broken into.

"PACE was under the impression that money was given to repair those cameras at that facility, and we were wondering why those cameras weren't working at the time that this happened," Scerenscko said. Our member did what he was supposed to do, and the employees in general have done what they're supposed to do by parking their trucks inside a gated facility, and yet the copper is still being stolen. "

Atlanta Councilman Michael Bond says he understands why residents are frustrated about what's become a fairly regular occurrence.

"This has gone on for way too long. I mean, folks are paying the highest water rates in the country. They expect --and we are going to demand more --from the commissioner in the way of security," Bond said.

The city's water security director told FOX 5's Morse Diggs that he could not discuss security at that site.

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