Like many rural water districts, Stockton East struggles with theft and vandalism. Infrastructure and equipment attract thieves looking for scrap metal, and in the country vandals have little fear of getting caught.
Once, thieves even attempted to take Stockton East’s galvanized steel fish ladder, which the district uses to help fish get up the Calaveras River.
Most recently, over the weekend, someone drove over the district’s old mailbox out on East Main Street, general manager Scot Moody told board members today.
But this time there’s a pretty good chance of catching the perp.
“What they left behind was pretty incriminating,” Moody said. “It was their license plate.”