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Men posed as cable TV workers to steal copper wire, police say

August 26, 2011 |  7:13 am

Photo: Used copper wires are seen in a recycling company. Credit: Ruben Sprich / Reuters Authorities accused three men of posing as Charter Communications employees to steal copper wire from utility poles.

Jesus Arreguin-Lopez faces a felony count of grand theft of copper wire belonging to the cable company, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. The other two men — Jose Esparza, 26, of Van Nuys and Juan Lopez, 30, of Los Angeles — were also charged in the copper wire theft, but they were released from jail on $20,000 bond each and won’t be in court until next month, officials said.

“It’s something that’s picked up,” Burbank police Officer Joshua Kendrick told the Burbank Leader, referring to a recent rash of copper wire thefts at businesses, parks and power substations.

Burbank detectives are investigating whether the trio also committed other thefts of copper piping, wire, steel and aluminum support bars from park benches, Kendrick said.

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Photo: Used copper wires are shown at a recycling company. Credit: Ruben Sprich / Reuters

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