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Thieves steal copper wire from concrete plant

January 23, 2012 |  4:50 pm

Authorities in Palmdale are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects that caused more than $100,000 dollars in damage while stripping wires from a concrete plant near 7186 E. Avenue T in Littlerock.

According to L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Robbie Royster of the Palmdale station’s Crime Prevention/Community Relations division, deputies are investigating the burglary that took place Jan. 13 at the Rialto Concrete Products plant after thieves entered the property through a cut chain-link fence and stripped more than 20 electrical boxes in the plant. The plant manufactures concrete piping for construction companies, authorities said.

It is unclear how much wiring the suspects got away with, but employees of the plant estimate the repair costs around $100,000, Royster said.

Detectives believe the thieves were probably after the copper core inside the wiring, Royster said. He noted that the Palmdale sheriff’s station had seen a rise in thefts related to metal items, which are being recycled for cash.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 272-2506. Tips can also be provided anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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