People steal copper all the time, from businesses to construction sites.
It's not an especially noble criminal enterprise, but few of them are. Armando Liceaga found a way to pump the heinousness, though.
According to court documents, Liceaga, 31, decided to hit a Pasadena church for its copper. Because, you know, they could probably afford it, all those rich, fat-cat Pasadena churches.
Actually, it was worse than that -- this church had suffered a major fire recently, so not only did Liceaga hit them, he hit them when they were down.
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Unfortunately, he had babycare duties at the time, and it was hot outside. What to do? Leave the kid in the hot car, that's what. A hot car, by the way, which had in it "sharp objects" just to liven things up.
Police got a call about a suspicious vehicle and arrived on the scene.
Liceaga, who has a court history that includes burglary, assault and DWI, has been charged with copper theft and endangering a young child.