Suspects sought in theft of copper wire from I-17 light poles

Wire-piece-sampleOn February 10, 2014, YCSO deputies were assigned to meet with representatives of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) regarding a theft of copper wire. Deputies were told that unknown suspects removed copper wire from more than 20 light poles positioned on the east side of the on-ramp to I-17 south from SR 69,Cordes Lakes. Regarding the involved light poles, suspects accessed the wire by removing the lid to a box revealing conduit and portions of exposed wire. The suspects were then able to pull the copper wire out of the conduit to steal. Several wires run to each pole which are placed about 200 feet apart.

ADOT last checked the condition of these lights on the evening of February 6, 2014, and they were functioning properly. On February 8, 2014, ADOT employees were called to the area for a storm watch and discovered the theft. Based on information from Sheriff’s patrol units, the theft likely occurred during evening hours on Thursday,February 6, or Friday, February 7, 2014. Deputies collected evidence and contacted YCSO detectives.

ADOT provided the following stolen property description and associated value:

12,700’ of #8 Black, stranded copper wire     $   5,975.35
  4,408’ of #8 Green, stranded copper wire     $   2,081.11
            Total weight of the #8 wire about 1200 lbs
4,236’ of #10 Black, stranded copper wire     $   1,315.74
            Total weight of the #10 wire about 190 lbs
186’ of #12 Black, stranded copper wire     $        38.79
             Connectors, fittings, and fuses     $    4,477.36
                       Total Loss     $ 13,888.35

YCSO is asking anyone with information on this theft to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 or Detective Todd Swaim at 928-554-8605. Refer to case number 14-005117.

2 Comments on "Suspects sought in theft of copper wire from I-17 light poles"

  1. and the recyclers never see this stuff? yeah right…. the solution is obvious

  2. Wayne B (rain) | February 16, 2014 at 7:21 am |

    How about a “breakaway” section of wire 6 feet into the pipe which also activates a piercing sound? Then the thief hooks up his car to the wire and it only pulls out 6 feet. The meth-heads will not stick around to figure out how to get down the pipe and get that wire while the piercing sound is occurring. Ask an electrical engineer how to do it.

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