Sacto 9-1-1
March 9, 2012
Sheriff's posse to patrol rural Sutter County for metal thieves

The Sutter County Sheriff's Department is sending out a posse to look for metal thieves.

Beginning Saturday, members of Sutter County Sheriff's Posse will be out on horseback in rural areas of the county, keeping an eye out for metal thieves, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. If posse members observe something suspicious, they will radio field deputies, who will respond to investigate.

"We have seen a marked uptick in metal thefts, everything from aluminum sprinkler pipe to copper wire stolen from farm irrigation pumps," Sheriff J. Paul Parker said in a written statement. "We want to bring whatever forces to bear on this problem, and one way is to get the posse out there to act as our eyes and ears in the rural areas."

The mounted posse will stay mainly on access roads next to irrigation waterways and dirt roadways between property lines. They will take care not to interfere with agricultural operations, and to avoid damage to newly planted fields and irrigation systems, officials said.

Posse members can be readily identified by their hats, shirts and horse blankets, which bear the Sheriff's Department logos.

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