Suspects stealing copper wire from ground utility boxes in east Mesa

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. – Police said they have been seeing an increase in copper wire theft in the east Mesa area.

The suspect or suspects have been pulling the wire from the ground utility boxes along the side of the roadways and in the city retention basins, according to Mesa police.

The wire is pulled from the ground and the culprits return later to retrieve it.

Police said this has disrupted power to street lights in the areas and is very expensive to repair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Mesa police at 480-644-2211.