Copper Theft

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

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

Concord Plagued By Copper Thefts

The thieves have been targeting street lights, irrigation control systems and even catalytic converters from cars.

05/01/2012

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