Feb 13, 2014 3:36 PM by Faye DeHoff
CORDES LAKE - Suspects are being sought in the theft of a large amount of copper wire from light poles in Yavapai County.
On February 10, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) representatives told YCSO deputies that unknown suspects removed copper wire from more than 20 light poles on the east side of the on-ramp to I-17 south from SR 69 in Cordes Lakes.
Deputies were told the suspects got to the wire by removing the lid to a box, revealing conduit and portions of exposed wire. The suspects were then able to pull the copper wire out of the conduit. Several wires run to each pole which are placed about 200 feet apart.
ADOT last checked the condition of these lights on the evening of February 6 and they were functioning properly. On February 8, ADOT employees were called to the area for a storm watch and discovered the theft. Based on information from Sheriff's patrol units, the theft likely occurred during the evening hours on Thursday, February 6, or Friday, February 7.
ADOT provided the following stolen property description and associated value:
- 12,700' of # 8 Black, stranded copper wire = $5,975.35
- 4,408' of # 8 Green, stranded copper wire = $2,081.11
Total weight of the #8 stolen wire is about 1200 pounds.
- 4,236' of # 10 Black, stranded copper wire = $1,315.74
Total weight of the # 10 stolen wire is about 190 pounds
- 186' of # 12 Black, stranded copper wire = $38.79
- Connectors, fittings and fuses = $4,477.36
Total Loss = $13,888.35
YCSO is asking anyone with information on this theft to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or Detective Todd Swaim at 928-554-8605. Refer to case number 14-005117.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov <http://www.ycsoaz.gov>