Caltrans lets closed auto yard deteriorate

STOCKTON - When Caltrans forced a Stockton business to move to make way for freeway work, the agency passed on securing that property from thieves and vandals.

Debco Auto Wrecking was on Navy Drive. The property was seized because the Highway 4 [Crosstown Freeway] extension will be built in that area.

Now vacant for a few weeks, the five-acre former wrecking yard has been overrun by problems.

"We had several incidents at our plant. People over there [from what used to be Debco] were taking property, then climb over our fence to take property from us," said Eddie Jones of nearby Schuff Steel.

News10 witnessed two cars being loaded with metal when arriving to shoot video Tuesday.

One man admitted he was trespassing.The other said he had "permission" from the owner.

But the owner now is Caltrans and spokesperson Chantel Miller said because the buildings will be demolished in the next week or two, Caltrans passed on the boarding up process to "save taxpayers" money.

Construction on the the Crosstown Freeway extension is supposed to start in the spring of 2014, and be completed sometime in 2017.


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