One of the bronze lampposts that line the iconic Glendale-Hyperion Bridge linking Atwater Village and Silver Lake was stolen off the span, with the thieves leaving behind only a twisted set of screws that once held the post in place.
The theft of the 1920s era lamppost was discovered by workers on Tuesday as they looked into why some of the lights on the bridge had gone out, according to an email alert from Leo Rey, an officer with the LAPD’s Northeast Division. The investigation revealed that not only had thieves cut open a high-voltage power system but also made off with the lamppost located about midway across the approximately 1,200-foot-long span at the top of a stairway. After a similar theft several years ago, workers welded the metal nuts at the base of the poles to help deter more theft. That worked – until now. Rey provided details about how the post – easily more than 10 feet tall – was stolen:
This time the thieves cut off the anchor bolts, below the welding and above the pole’s base section using some kind of portable saw and then pushed the pole over! … Welding will no longer be a sufficient deterrent this time as the thieves are smarter and have adjusted to our equipment hardening methods.
The fluted bronze lamppost is one of the many that line the pedestals and railings of the Neo-Classical style span and help create a unified look for the half dozen separate bridges that make up the structure.
The Eastsider is checking the Bureau of Street Services to see if the lamppost will be replaced.
Rey said there has been an increase in metal theft – including copper and bronze – during this holiday season. Rey advised residents to call 911 if they spot anyone removing copper wires or “antique light poles.”