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Thousands lose power after suspected wire thief is badly shocked

May 5, 2012 | 12:23 pm

About 14,000 San Bernardino residents lost power early Saturday morning after a man shocked himself himself while trying to steal wires from a Southern California Edison substation, according to police.

San Bernardino police received a report around 2 a.m. of a blown transformer at the substation at Rialto and Stoddard avenues. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man who had apparently been shocked by up to 33,000 volts of electricity while trying to steal wiring.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a nearby hospital where he is in grave condition, police said.

About 14,000 customers lost power right after the incident, according to an Edison spokeswoman. Crews are working to repair the damage and about 600 households are still without electricity.

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