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

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Copper wiring stolen at a Rialto concrete plant in Palmdale in January. There has been an uptick of similar robberies in the San Gabriel Valley. (courtesy Palmdale Sheriff's Dept.)

Copper wiring stolen at a Rialto concrete plant in Palmdale in January. There has been an uptick of similar robberies in the San Gabriel Valley. (courtesy Palmdale Sheriff’s Dept.)

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textalerts180 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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