Pasadena officials seek information on stolen city street lamps

Authorities in Pasadena sought the public's help Tuesday to solve the recent thefts of 11 bronze streetlight poles in the city.

"Vehicles are being used to intentionally ram the lamp poles and then the entire poles are stolen by the suspects," city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.

The crimes occurred along South Orange Grove Boulevard between Green and State streets, officials said.

The first theft occurred sometime between March 29 and April 1. The crimes have only continued since then, according to officials.


One witness said he heard the alleged thieves in action.

"The truck went by, and it was very loud clanging kind of thing. And he had a trailer behind it, and I looked around, and clearly the guy had parked the truck in the driveway, gotten out, walked over, to the pole like that, and was wrapping something around it," said Doug Devos. 

Photos from the area showed chains still wrapped around a pole.

Derderian said there have been 11 poles taken over the last few weeks just in a few square miles.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Det. Matt Morgan at 626-744-6492. Anyone seeing a crime in progress is urged to call 911.

City News Service contributed to this report.