Copper Theft

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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Novato Cop Hurt While Chasing PG&E Copper Theft Suspects

A Novato police officer was injured during a chase with two suspects.

09/25/2012

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

Newark Man Arrested For Stealing City-Owned Copper Spool

A Newark man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of stealing a city-owned spool of copper wire from a work site in Benicia, police said.

08/29/2012

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

2 Suspected Copper Thieves Arrested In Petaluma PG&E Yard

Two men were arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of stealing copper wire from a PG&E yard in Petaluma, police said.

08/06/2012

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

2 Arrested During Milpitas Copper Theft

Two San Jose men were arrested on suspicion of stealing copper wire from a commercial building in Milpitas on Friday morning, police said.

07/12/2012

Evidence of copper theft. (File - CBS)

Copper Thieves Score Massive Haul in American Canyon

American Canyon may have to spend as much as $7,000 to replace the roughly 1,000 ft. of copper wire snatched from Veterans Memorial Park sometime within the past week. A thief or thieves broke into a vault at the park, grabbing the pricey commodity.

05/18/2012

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