Two men tried to steal metal to sell but ended up getting caught. They aimed to take copper from a structure in the Great Park during a quiet weekend, as reported by the Irvine Police Department.
Irvine Police articulated on social media a narrative that would seal the fate of the hapless duo: "As they left the area in their car stuffed with treasure," their short victory fell apart when a sharp-eyed police officer stopped their celebration.
"Imagine spending hours prepping, cutting, and stealing to have your work go right down the tubes." The department's post joked about law enforcement's dramatic win against crime. The men who stole from places they didn't own got a taste of justice: the cold, hard embrace of "nickel-plated carbon steel handcuffs."