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.

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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.

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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.

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