Those metal thieves are at it again


If you’ve taken the Estudillo Avenue exit off of Interstate 580 lately, you might have noticed something different about the entrance sign to San Leandro: It’s gone.

During my many trips into downtown from I-580, I’ve noticed bits and pieces of the sign missing. But never the entire sign.

Well, apparently, there’s a reason the whole thing is gone — and you probably already guessed what it is.

At a town hall meeting last week, Police Chief Dale Attarian told residents that metal thievess had lifted the precious letters, leaving the entrance sign nearly bare.

But Attarian said the brazen theft hasn’t gone unnoticed. He said the Police Department has dispatched a metal theft investigations team, and thieves are now “aware” that they are being watched.