PD Man Arrested in Library Vandalism and Theft

Steven Cain allegedly stole copper from Rancho Miage Library and tried to sell it to a Banning recycler

A Palm Desert man has been arrested for stealing copper sheets from the Rancho Mirage Library and then selling them to a recyclcing business.

45-year-old Steven Cain was arrested on Thursday in connection to the July 2nd robbery.

According to Sgt. Tom Brewster, Sheriff's deputies received information from a metal recycling business in Banning that a man had sold sheets of copper at the business.

Investigators confirmed the copper sold to the recycling business fit the description and size of the copper sheets stolen from the library.

The person who sold the copper was identified as Cain, who was contacted and arrested at his residence in Palm Desert for selling the stolen copper to the business in Banning. Further investigation by deputies implicated Cain in the grand theft and felony vandalism to the Rancho Mirage City Library.

Steven Cain was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for grand theft, felony vandalism, possession of stolen property, and commercial burglary.  Cain remains in custody with bail set at $5,000.

Fred Moore July 14, 2012 at 05:29 PM
He probably not making enough in the shitty economy. Some people go all the way to put something on the table....
Fred Moore July 15, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Recycling* btw
Christopher July 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Don't be to quick to judge a book by its cover we hear this all the time, but to we know this mans situation, his needs to feed his family, his life situation, how the economy effected not only him but all of us? I know what this gentleman has committed was not right what so ever, but please think of the bigger picture here you're 45, you have family to support, the economy is hitting you hard, monthly bills are coming up you'd do anything for your family even if that means putting your own life on the risk. So, please put everything in consideration don't let a title on a newspaper automatically label a man until you know his full situation. Thank you
Ada July 16, 2012 at 02:23 AM
It does not matter why this man vandalized the library; he should not have done it. He is not the only person hit hard because of the economy and it does not give anyone the right to vandalize property. I know it is hard to take care of a family when one looses their job, but find honest ways of making money to support your family. This person committed a crime and he should pay the price just like any other person that commits a crime.
catmandu July 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I would have to say this is not this guys first crime.My guess it's the first one he got caught for ? I would think if Mr. Cain knew there was value in the cooper panels.I also think he would know the value of other things that somehow just happen to wind up in his possession.This is a thief all the way


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