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Man Electrocuted While Allegedly Trying To Steal Copper Wire

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HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBS) — Police believe a man, who was electrocuted Wednesday night outside a Huntington Beach business, was trying to steal copper wire.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Russell Reinhart said the deceased was found by workers of Southern California Edison who were sent to investigate a small power outage.

The discovery in the 7400 block of Center Avenue was made about 9:10 p.m.

“Our preliminary investigation leads us to believe he was attempting to steal copper wire and electrocuted himself,” Reinhart said.

Police were working Thursday to determine the man’s identity, Reinhart added.

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