Thieves Strip Copper Wiring, Leave $100K In Damages At Palmdale Concrete Plant

PALMDALE (CBS) — Authorities on Monday sought the public’s help in tracking down thieves who caused significant damage a Palmdale concrete company.

KNX 1070’s Kim Marriner reports the culprits were likely after a suddenly hot commodity: copper wiring.

Earlier this month, Palmdale sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a burglary at the Rialto Concrete Products Plant located on East Avenue T.

“They discovered the suspects entered the property through a cut chain-link fence and stripped over 20 electrical boxes inside the plant,” said Sgt. Pauline Panis.

Detectives said they have seen a sharp jump in this type of crime as the copper core inside wiring commonly used for industrial buildings has become a frequent target for thieves.

The concrete company estimated the cost to repair the damage from the theft at over $100,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 272-2400.

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  1. FLF says:

    Absolute dangerous insanity! Too bad they were not fried in the process!

  2. The Big Logic says:

    Check for ex cons with any kind of background in electrical wiring thru past employment. Whoever did this has significant knowledge in this field with an above average IQ, and will strike again.

    1. john56 says:

      it could also be some teenagers looking for quick cash.

  3. James says:

    Meth addicted morons! They get 30 bucks worth of wire and cause 100K in damages. One stupid fool was found fried to death a few months ago in Palm Springs when attempting this.

  4. allan gehr says:

    thats what happens when you get city full of illlegal mexicans gang bangers . plus city has one of the highest crime rates in la county .

    1. M says:

      Most meth labs are ran by white folks. The antelope valley has lots of meth labs. This is true that you speak of many illegal mexican gang bangers, but you cannot place blame only on them. The blacks out here sell pot and steal from ross and dds. So do the asians, they nickel and dime ya thinking everythings an auction. The phillipinos beat and make 3rd class citizens of their wives. The mexicans smoke too much pot and snort coke. White people inject herion and smoke meth and they complain about homeless people asking for their dollar, damn dont those homeless know that meth and herion prices are on the rise like food and gas!

      1. Greg Edgar says:

        I agree with you completely, M. It’s morons like Allan that are Naive and ignorant that are victims of these crimes. They finally open their eyes when the white guy they let in their home, has his whole family tied up in the kitchen.

  5. Greg Schmidt says:

    I love hearing when these idiots cut into live 460 volt wiring and are turned into instant crispy critters.

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