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Copper Theft

Highway 87 near the Taylor Street interchange in San Jose was flooded for several hours on the morning of February 28, 2014. Authorities said thieves stole copper wiring for a sump pump that keeps water off the road. (CBS)

Copper Theft Blamed For Flooding On Highway 87 In San Jose

Caltrans is blaming a group of metal thieves for flooding on Highway 87 during stormy weather Friday morning. The agency said thieves took copper wiring from a sump pump that was supposed to keep water off the road.

03/01/2014

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's office is asking for help in identifying a suspect in a copper wire theft that occurred early Thursday morning at a San Jose VTA station. (Santa Clara Sheriff/VTA)

Sheriff Hoping Social Media Helps Catch VTA Copper Thieves

Copper thieves have struck once again in the Bay Area, this time ripping out copper wiring from a VTA light rail train station in San Jose, but this time authorities have taken to social media to try and catch the thief.

01/31/2014

A man carries salvaged copper wire. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Copper Thieves Vandalize More Than A Dozen Street Lights In Morgan Hill

Copper thieves have vandalized more than a dozen street lights in Morgan Hill, stripping away around 2,700 feet of copper wiring.

01/11/2014

Glenn Cartwright is suspected of stealing copper pipes and wiring from the construction site of Apple's so-called "spaceship" campus in Cupertino on November 29, 2013. (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office)

Arrest Made In Copper Theft At Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus

A Belmont man was arrested Saturday in the theft of copper pipes and wiring from a former Hewlett-Packard Corp. property in Cupertino where Apple Corp. is planning its Apple 2 campus, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

12/02/2013

Scene of explosion and fire on the UC Berkeley campus on September 30, 2013. (CBS)

Power Restored To Most Of UC Berkeley After Outage, Explosion

Power was restored to most of the University of California, Berkeley, on Tuesday as officials confirmed that the theft of copper cables from a substation caused a campus-wide outage that preceded an explosion and evacuation.

10/01/2013

Firefighters on the scene of an explosion and fire on the UC Berkeley campus on September 30, 2013. (CBS)

Power Outage At UC Berkeley Leads To Explosion; 1 Hospitalized

A power outage triggered an explosion and fire at the University of California at Berkeley on Monday evening, prompting an emergency evacuation of the campus and hospitalizing one person with burns, according to authorities.

09/30/2013

Evidence of copper theft. (File - CBS)

1 Arrested In Attempted Copper Theft At Fremont Shopping Center

Police arrested a suspect and attempted to locate another suspect who were interrupted while attempting to steal copper wire from a shopping center rooftop in Fremont on Tuesday morning, police said.

09/12/2013

Utility workers repair a power line. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Power Outages Blamed On Copper Thieves, Downed Trees

PG&E is investigating the possibility that copper thieves were to blame for a power outage in Oakland’s Fruitvale District on Tuesday night. Meanwhile a fallen tree in San Francisco has caused an outage for residents there.

06/05/2013

Evidence of copper theft. (File - CBS)

Vallejo Using Tech Tricks To Bring An End To Copper Thefts

Security experts confirmed that technology now exists to embed a tracking chip into the wire which will alert authorities if the wire is cut and allow police to track its movements.

03/18/2013

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Copper Thieves Target Metering Lights, Add To Bay Area Gridlock

Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.

02/11/2013

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