IRVINE ( — The loss of a pair of stolen fire hydrants in Irvine could pose a risk to local residents, officials said Monday.

Two hydrants were reported stolen Oct. 10 along the 100 block of Maxwell Street near the Christ Our Redeemer Church, according to police.

The thefts marked the fourth and fifth hydrants to be stolen in the area over the past two weeks, the Orange County Register reported. Three other hydrants were reported stolen on Sept. 19, according to the Register.

Officials believe the hydrants – which are made primarily of brass and iron – were likely stolen to be sold as scrap metal and could fetch over $300 apiece.

At least four solid brass fire hydrants were reported stolen in August 2012 from a new home development in Rancho Cucamonga.

No arrests have been made.


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