Thieves Steal Irrigation Pipe from Pioneer Cemetery

Monday we filed a police report because at least two someones broke into Pioneer Cemetery and stole the irrigation valve piping that brings city water to the site. 

The Adam Henry perpatrators cut the pipe, lifted it over the fence, and made off with what will be scrap worth about $500, so we’ve been told.  That was pipe the DWP and City installed years ago when Edie Reber was still the caretaker and had a $5,000 water bill because of an underground leak that was allegedly caused by city personnel. 

So, I don’t know if the city is also a victim here.  I will argue to heck against paying for any extra water costs due to these AH’s though.

I do know the all-volunteer non-profit San Fernando Valley Historical Society is a victim, and the 600-plus resident citizens of the cemetery are victims as well.  They won’t look so good come Memorial Day when we try to make a good impression on visitors.

The cemetery water is shut down until we can fix the problem.  Our trees won’t be given their usual drink by devoted volunteer David Vasquez, or the roses in the front entrance either.  They won’t have anything to drink unless we cart in water from our homes.  Well, Edie Reber used to lug water from her house a few blocks away all by herself.  She did that for years (when she was but an octogenarian).  I guess we’ll have to do the same until we can find the money to fix the valves and replace the parts.

I know times are tough, but stealing from the dead is about as low as you can go. 

— Jacky Walker

Be sure to call me if you, or if anyone you know, wants to buy or sell a home. I specialize in probate property liquidation.  Thank you!

Ms. Jacky Walker
Realtor – DRE License #01124140
Century 21 All Moves
11011 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Cell: 818-970-1286


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One response to “Thieves Steal Irrigation Pipe from Pioneer Cemetery


    The damage done to Pioneer Cemetery is an affront to the residents of the entire San Fernando Valley. We will share this sad story with the Museum Community, and on our blog, Facebook page and website.
    Jerry Fecht
    The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

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