The City of Santee asked for resident's help this week in solving a rash of copper wire thefts recently in the Town Center area of town that have cost the city about $48,000.
Thieves have struck at 13 locations in the last month, including Mast Park and Town Center Park, according to a blog post by the city.
Not only do the thefts cost the city, but it results in non-functioning lights for a period after the vandalism. The city said they're working to retrofit electrical boxes to make them less vulnerable to thieves.
Anyone with information about the thefts, or if you see something suspicious, contact Det. Carl Miller at the Santee Sheriff’s Station at (619) 956-4037.