CARMICHAEL (CBS13) Members of a Carmichael church that had been targeted by copper thieves for two nights in a row managed to help nab the suspected thieves when the greedy pair returned for a third night.

Just hours after a report by CBS13’s Tony Lopez on the repeated copper theft at the church aired, the alleged suspects returned to the scene of the crime, but this time, church officials were prepared.

WATCH: Tony Lopez’ Original Report

They set up a baby monitor on top of the Carmichael Bible Church at 7100 Fair Oaks Blvd., hooked it up to a monitor and VCR, and took shifts watching it.

Around 4:30 Friday morning, more than six hours into the overnight stakeout, the alleged thieves returned and Pastor Jeff Livingston was watching. He saw the suspects return, alerted other members of the church and called authorities.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly thereafter and arrested the pair, identified Friday as Curtis Darnell, 36, and Howard Sanders, 26.

Detectives are currently trying to determine if the two are responsible for the previous break-ins.

copper thefts UPDATE: Church Uses Baby Monitor To Help Nab Suspected Copper Thieves

Howard Sanders, 26, left, and Curtis Darnell, 36

“Like an adrenaline rush, ‘Hey guys come out here, come out here, they’re there,” Pastor Jeff told CBS13. “I believe that justice is served to the wicked. Sometimes we see that and sometimes we don’t. This time we got to be a part of it happening, so it feels good.”

The church is without heat right now because thieves grabbed copper from the heating and cooling system.

The suspects spent the first night preparing for the costly theft by draining the Freon out of the machines and tore out as much copper as they could carry on the second night.

When the thieves left behind tools, church officials were concerned that they may return for a third night and put their plan into place.

The damage will likely add up to more than $50,000.

Sanders and Darnell were each charged with felony counts of vandalism, grand theft and criminal conspiracy.

Comments (183)
  1. Jeff Georgia says:

    A few wires or copper tubes electrified at about 20KV would put an end to this and the perps.

  2. Deserttrek says:

    maybe saudi arabia is right, these thugs would each lose a hand for this

    1. Crosseyes says:

      Old news… Congress gave him a pass so the MSM did too. The foxes are guarding the hen house.

  3. LaVonte d'Ashawn Jackson IV says:

    Occupy Carmichael. Losers.

    1. Lee says:

      Oh well. At least they don’t have names like “LaVonte” and “d’Ashawn”.

      1. JByrd42 says:

        Good ole trailer trash. Take them out back and beat the meth out them.

  4. gna says:

    I think they look like peoples fathers who think they look like occupiers……

  5. Carlene Perry Enger says:

    50k damage! what’s really sad is the copper probably sold for like 100$

  6. stargirl says:

    when did charles manson get out of prison?

  7. Fred C. Dobbs says:

    Why dint god stop em?

    1. ConservativeRedneck says:

      :Why dint god stop em?”

      Because he was laughing so hard at their stupidity and getting caught? Ever heard of FREE WILL?

    2. Michael Warren says:

      Apparently for the same reason he didn’t teach you how to properly spell contractions.

    3. Sick-of-Morons says:

      Fred, you have the mental development of a seven-year-old at best. Idiot.

  8. NowListenUp says:

    The Manson/Jesus looking guy is loaded to the eyeballs. Couple of blooming idiots.

  9. big says:

    why are both of their eyes looking towards the side of their skulls? simply meth heads looking for an easy score to get their fix. nothing political when it comes to junkies.

  10. Buzz says:

    Yup, tweakers. The teeth and eyes tell the story.
    I feel sorry for those stuck on this type of drug…perhaps with some time in jail they will be able to get clean of that nasty stuff.

    1. KrabApple says:

      Yeah, because incarceration has proven really effective at getting people off drugs…

      1. NY9Solyndra says:

        At least the wouldn’t be stealing from honest people.

      2. Larry Burdge says:

        KrabApple: I can see by your comments that you can easily relate to the occupiers….and the Columbian tea partiers….

      3. Larry Burdge says:

        I hear that Death has a pretty good record of getting prople off of drugs, What you say Einstien KrabApple, You gotta’ solution ?

  11. Kemt says:

    Too bad they couldn’t arrange an “accidental” electrocution.

  12. Don says:

    I heard that you are so ugly Jake that your parents had to hang a pork chop around your neck so that the dog would play with you.

    1. Skipdallas says:

      Gee Don couldn’t you come up with something original and a bit witty? I first heard that old saw when I was in grade school! I am 61 now.

  13. Libertarian_Thinker says:

    They will have plenty of tea bagging opportunities in jail. Lm*o

    As for you Jake you’re just a simpleton. Have you ever had an original thought?

  14. Jawal says:

    Looters should be shot on site. No mercy. You cannot have an ordered society with the spawn of liberalism running around doing exactly as they please. Look at our ghettos and inner cities and this is exactly what liberals have planned for the rest of the nation. Like Al Sharpton said: ” We will have equality when we have what is inside white folks homes.” Since that is impossible, the middle class is being destroyed on purpose. This trash who has no scruples whatsoever will turn into monsters if a Depression happens. Arm yourselves now….

    1. UpChuck.Liberlas says:

      Just a note here, John McCain sponsored a bill that would ALLOW US Military to be used in the USA to grag those American Citizens that ‘alledgedly’ speak out against the US, to be held indefinately. This is scary. If it wasn’t for liberals we’d have a pretty good country….still.

    2. TheRealKingMax says:

      I agree with you.

      Liberals should be shot on sight.

  15. mike says:

    all copper thieves should be required to touch a 7200 volt line while barefoot on wet ground.

    1. UpChuck.Liberlas says:

      Voltage ain’t gonna kill you. Now amperage is going to ruin your day.

  16. Jim says:

    It’s hard to become the 1% these days, you can’t help build Stalin’s empire like daddy Koch did, or funnel money to Nazi Germany like grandpa Bush did. Still, stealing from others is pretty much an accurate method for becoming the 1%.

    1. gooojooo says:

      Hay you sound like AOL protected super user room sencurer…. go back to your hole

      1. Karen says:

        Why are you giving this person stuff to feed horses with? The word you’re grasping to spell is ‘hey’ not ‘hay.’ [God save us from people who CAN read, but obviously don’t.]

  17. al says:

    Guy on the right looks like a neocon vet. probably was a cop when he got back from iraq and got tossed from the force for brutality. wants to impose his will on free people.

    1. gooojooo says:

      Hay you sound like AOL protected super user room sencurer…. go back to your hole

  18. KrabApple says:

    Sad to see these Tea Partyers so desperate for their meth fix that they’d steal coper from a church.

    1. Larry Burdge says:

      Ain’t it about time you got yourself ready for church?

  19. JM says:

    The one looks like he came from an OWS movement.

    1. Carl says:

      I would say more like a bowel movement.

  20. imnicerthanur says:

    looks like jude law reswarching a part.

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