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Santee Copper Wiring Thieves Sought

Photo Courtesy: San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Photo Courtesy: San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Investigators with the Santee Sheriff's Station want your help in identifying and locating those responsible in a series of electrical copper wiring thefts. 

Between December 2013 and the end of January 2014, thieves have stolen about 4,000 feet of copper wiring from street lights and sidewalk lighting. Copper wiring has also been stolen from irrigation and water control systems in the Mission Creek and River Park areas of Santee. 

In most of the thefts, the suspects broke the cement covers to gain access to the copper wiring. The City of Santee estimates the damage and replacement costs stemming from the copper thefts at more than $60,000. 

If anyone has information on these thefts, call the Santee Sheriff's Station at 619-956-4000. 

You can also call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via sdcrimestoppers.com.

—San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Jake Mahamood February 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Try the bums living by the river, under the 52 between the golf course and mission gorge
julieyourrealtor February 15, 2014 at 12:09 PM
They also live in the riverbed next to Cuyamaca and Rio Seco, near the ball fields. Unfortunately, many of them were kicked out of Lakeside and moved into Santee. They also hang out near Albertson's, right outside Subway. They are stealing the electrical hookup off of RVs as well.
Simon's carpet care February 15, 2014 at 05:46 PM
I think who ever this is there more professional than the homeless. Where do you think they have sold 60,000 worth of copper? You would think with this kind of money they could have a better home than the River. And just maybe some kind of record, with this much copper sold..
Patriot88Socal February 15, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Unfortunately $60,000 is the replacement cost to the city, and ultimately taxpayer. The theives probably only got a few hundred at best for scrap prices.
Simon's carpet care February 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Copper prices are sold at a good price -if stripped--thats probably why they have fires in the river bed to melt the coating off the copper wires..I still have a hard time believing its only homeless taking the copper wires..
sheeple herder February 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM
Dear Randy, I feel I can be personal since you acknowleded my contribution to the city recently. This solution is very simple. ANY recycler in the city limits takes a thumb print and mails a check for the amount recycled to the said person, NO more cash payments!!! Pull any and all clout you have with the neighboring cities/ locals to do the same. Do I need an MBA to figure this out? Maybe the "Herder" should run for mayor...
Simon's carpet care February 16, 2014 at 01:36 AM
So a homeless selling cans and plastic bottles or any one should get paid cash-Maybe for other metals like Copper your idea would work.
Retha Knight February 16, 2014 at 04:02 PM
sheeple herder for mayor,
Retha Knight February 16, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Sheepie herder for mayor!
MICHAEL EARLYWINE February 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM
sheeple herder, sorry but your above statement isn't all that true...they do take your thumb print,but if you have a card on file with your name,address,phone, and place of business you get cash right then, if you dont have a card, you have to wait something like 3-5 days so if it comes up the copper is stolen they don't lose anything, but if you know the person at the recycling yard then its very easy to get cash right then
santee citizen February 21, 2014 at 05:39 PM
where are there recyclers in the city of Santee?
sheeple herder February 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Michael, well guess what. No more cards on file, etc... This can and would work. If this is such an emergency and so financially crippling to the city, this would be done TOMORROW! Wake up!

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