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Copper wire thief hits South Pasadena

June 10, 2011 | 12:08 pm

South Pasadena police say a copper wire thief may be operating in the city, and they are asking residents to report any suspicious activity, especially during non-business hours.

The city has been hit by a rash of copper wire thefts in recent weeks in the 1100 block of Huntington Drive, the 1500 block of Beech Street and the 1700 block of Fletcher Avenue.

In each case, the culprits have opened pull boxes in the sidewalk to cut and pull the copper wire from the streetlight conduit. The wire was then sold to scrap metal dealers for a small profit.

Because these incidents can occur very quickly, residents are being asked to be extra vigilant in observing and reporting any unusual behavior observed in their neighborhoods, as well as any streetlight outages.

Officials said Southern California Edison personnel will always be wearing uniforms with proper identification and normally will not be working outside regular business hours.

Suspicious activity should be reported to South Pasadena police at (626) 403-7297.

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-- Richard Winton

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