Monthly Archives: March 2010

March 2010: MSTP Reports Break-In, Computer Tossed into Sewage Pond

A 3/25/2010 news article by Rick Bella at reports a ‘burglary’ and vandalism at the Molalla Sewage Treatment Plant. Here are the first few lines:

Police are looking for burglars who broke into the city’s water-treatment plant and stole the system’s computer.

City Administrator John Atkins said theft of the computer is a federal crime and has been reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He said the computer, later found destroyed, contained all the programming that kept the water-treatment plant working on autopilot.

Water quality is unaffected, Atkins said. The only difference is the plant is running in manual-control mode and must be monitored in-person. …