Police say five men were arrested Friday on suspicion of stealing copper wire that knocked out power to Beverly Hills street lights.
A community in San Bernardino County has been left in the dark after a series of copper thefts have disabled their street lights.
A man suspected of stealing copper from a public library in Rancho Mirage was behind bars on Friday.
An apparent crew of copper thieves face burglary and possession of stolen property charges after two of them were allegedly caught trying to steal the wiring from a vacant retail store in Chino Hills, and police believe they may have committed similar crimes elsewhere.
Police say a man who was electrocuted was trying to steal copper, but his family claims he was just doing his job maintaining the property.
Police say a man died and a woman was critically injured Saturday while trying to steal copper wire from an electrical vault that exploded.