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Copper thefts reported

Posted: June 5, 2014 3:16 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2014 3:16 p.m.

Local sheriff’s detectives are investigating their second case of grand theft involving copper in less than two weeks after $2,000 worth of copper wiring was stolen from a construction site in Castaic this week.

Sometime between 11 a.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday, thieves stole two 80-foot coils of copper wire from a construction site on Commerce Court in Castaic, a deputy with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station wrote in his report of the incident.

The wire, which was described as contained in a black plastic casing and is used to power water pumps, belonged to C.A. Rasmussen Inc., according to the deputy.

A Rasmussen employee phoned the sheriff’s station when he noticed the theft.

The incident marked the second time in 11 days deputies responded to reports of copper being stolen.

Sometime between 11 p.m. May 21 and 12:30 p.m. May 22, thieves stole $1,720 worth of copper wiring from a truck parked in a driveway on Drasin Drive in Canyon Country, according to the deputy who filed the report.

“Persons unknown stole approximately 400 feet of welding wire off of the back of his truck,” the deputy said in his report. “Each section of wire also had a connector attached to it.

“The victim told me the wire has copper in it and was probably stolen to recycle,” he said.

“The victim told me his truck was backed into his driveway along the side of his home.  He didn’t believe the wire was visible from the street and thought it was safe,” he said.

Deputies witnessed a rash of copper thefts in the fall of 2012.

In mid-November that year, they reported that for the third time in six weeks, metal thieves snipped local power lines to steal $300,000 of copper wire in one incident, leaving $150,000 of cut cable on the ground sparking a brush fire.

In all, copper wire valued at $600,000 was clipped in three separate incidents in the Santa Clarita Valley between October and November 2012.

No arrests were made in relation to the 2012 thefts.



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