Nearly $8,000 worth of equipment that was being used to build the La Canada Flintridge Rose Parade float was stolen over the weekend, float organizers and authorities said.
The materials — copper piping, welding materials and other equipment — were taken from the area where builders were creating the city’s floral float for the annual Pasadena New Year’s Day parade, float organizers said.
“It’s like, why do bad things happen to good people?” said Ann Neilsen, president of the La Canada Flintridge Rose Parade Association.
“It’s pretty upsetting because we are a self-built float. Everything we have is donated,” Neilsen said. “The people in the community support us with their memberships and their donations, so this is a little like taking money from them.”
The materials were outside the Valley Water Co., where thieves cut locks and stole the equipment over the weekend, authorities said.
Similar thefts have targeted construction sites for their copper wire, Detective Rodger Burt of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The float is titled “Dog Gone!” and showcases dogs who have escaped from their catcher. Donations toward its completion can be made at the association’s website, lcftra.org.
KTLA’s Chris Wolfe contributed to this report.