June 27 2013 03:00 AM

Thieves stealing parts from Albuquerque, New Mexico’s city's irrigation system has resulted in dead trees and a big bill for taxpayers. City officials said thieves have stolen the brass parts from water valves in order to resell the metal for cash.

"I just think that is despicable," said one resident. "I'm very, very sad to think that someone would do something like that to our beautiful, beautiful nature."

No valves means that no water flowed to several of the city's trees, which means several trees along the medians died before anyone noticed the system had been hacked. The city will finish cutting down the dead trees in the coming weeks. Tree removal and valve replacement will cost taxpayers thousands.

"Brass really can't help them that much; I don't understand why they would do that," said another resident.