Copper wire stolen from light poles in Yavapai County; suspects sought

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CORDES LAKES, Ariz. – Authorities in Yavapai County are searching for the suspects responsible for stealing copper wire from light poles in Cordes Lakes.

The theft likely occurred during the evening hours on Feb. 6 or Feb. 7.

The unknown suspects removed copper wire from more than 20 light poles positioned on the east side of the on-ramp to I-17 south from state Route 69, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the suspects accessed the wire by removing the lid to a box, revealing conduit and portions of exposed wire. They were then able to pull the copper wire out of the conduit.

He said several wires run to each pole, which are placed about 200 feet apart.

Employees with the Arizona Department of Transportation were called to the area for a storm watch on Feb. 8 and discovered the theft. ADOT last checked the condition of the lights on the evening of Feb.6 and they were functioning properly.

The total loss is estimated at nearly $14,000.

ADOT provided the following stolen property description and associated value:

- 12,700 feet of # 8 Black, stranded copper wire = $5,975.35.

- 4,408 feet of # 8 Green, stranded copper wire = $2,081.11. Total weight of the #8 stolen wire is about 1,200 pounds.

- 4,236 feet of # 10 Black, stranded copper wire = $1,315.74. Total weight of the # 10 stolen wire is about 190 pounds.

- 186 feet of # 12 Black, stranded copper wire = $38.79.

- Connectors, fittings and fuses = $4,477.36.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or Detective Todd Swaim at 928-554-8605.