Mexicans try to steal border fence

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You get the idea…

They have heard of people tunneling under it, scaling it and, on the Mexican side, defacing it. But it is not often, law enforcement authorities say, that people try to rip apart the border fence to sell it.

That appears to be the motive that led to the arrest this week in Tijuana, Mexico, of six people who, the authorities there say, were caught shearing off chunks of the metal plate fence to sell as scrap.

The case began Monday afternoon when United States Border Patrol agents spotted a group tampering with the fence on the Mexican side just over a mile west of the San Ysidro port of entry, in an area where smuggling of drugs and people is common, said Mark Endicott, a Border Patrol spokesman in San Diego…

The next afternoon, another group in the same area could be seen next to the fence “attempting to dismantle it,” Mr. Endicott said. Again, they were approached, again rocks sailed over the fence, and again the Mexican police were called. The Border Patrol later learned that six people were apprehended…

Tijuana police told local reporters there that the men were planning to sell the torn-off fence parts. The police said the men had used a soldering tool to cut off parts of the fence, which perhaps unknown to the culprits, is itself scrap. That part of the fence is made of recycled steel landing mats from the Vietnam War era, Mr. Endicott said.

I always wondered if the wall might be stolen as soon as we install it?

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Written by Ed Campbell

August 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Posted in Crime, Culture

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  1. I think it’s possible you may be doing this fence thing wrong somehow.

    It surprising, really, they haven’t gone after it with a few pounds of C4 – yet.



    August 28, 2009 at 6:35 am

    • Wrap some detonation cord around each one of those, and say tschüss to the fence.


      August 28, 2009 at 12:38 pm

      • Home-made thermite is much more fun.

        Ask Patrick. :)


        August 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

        • Patrick?


          August 28, 2009 at 6:22 pm

        • Of all the merry pranksters who were part of ZDTV – and the programming that evolved through following incarnations – everyone’s favorite explosion hobbyist is Patrick Norton.

          Seems to me I recall an episode of one-or-another show where he and other enthusiasts built a thermite bomb.

          Especially good for cutting steel.


          August 28, 2009 at 7:14 pm

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