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Pair arrested for allegedly stealing fire hydrants

Backflow meters and 200 duplicated pre-paid gift cards also found


A San Jacinto man and his girlfriend are behind bars today for allegedly stealing fire hydrants and backflow valves to get at the copper rings and other metal content. 

John Joseph Shaw, 49, and Antonette Marie Rodriguez, 48, were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of grand theft and receiving stolen property. Shaw was additionally booked for alleged parole violations. 

Shaw is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. Rodriguez is being held at the same facility in lieu of $15,000 bail.

While deputies were conducting a parole compliance check at Shaw's house in the 200 block of Lori Ann Street, they allegedly discovered three stolen fire hydrants, pieces of backflow meters, which are used to control irrigation and prevent contamination of water supplies, as well as 200 duplicated pre-paid gift cards. 

Sheriff's Sgt. Joey Nardone said the hydrants and other metals allegedly stolen for their scrap value altogether weighed around 600 pounds.

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