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UPDATE: Power Restored Following Industry Copper Theft

The theft and outage occurred about 9 p.m. Friday near the now defunct Diamond Bar Honda, according to sheriff's officials.

Updated at 12:42 p.m.:

Power was restored Saturday morning following an overnight outage affecting 1,521 customers in Diamond Bar and Industry, SCE officials said.

Wires were cut at a circuit breaker utility box at 525 Grand Ave., according to Southern California Edison's Maureen Brown; the power went out at 9:50 p.m., Brown told Patch.

The boundaries of the area where customers lost power were Lemon Avenue, in Industry, to the west; Lycoming Street, in Walnut, to the south; Sun Street to the north and Gentle Springs Lane, in Diamond Bar, to the east.

Repairs were completed and power restored at 8:30 a.m., Brown told Patch.

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The theft of copper wire from a utility box caused an outage that knocked out power overnight to some 1,600 customers in Diamond Bar, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials told Patch.

According to LASD Sgt. Angie Wilkinson, the theft occurred in the area of the vacant Diamond Bar Honda lot near the Pomona (60) Freeway.

Wilkinson said there is a utility box outside the closed dealership.

"They opened it up and cut the wires," Wilkinson told Patch.

There was no suspect information available.

Power was set to be restored by noon Saturday, the sergeant told Patch.

Ray Russell January 27, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Why don't they catch these people? They are costing us hundreds of thousands in loses. I'd think that if power goes out somewhere that there would be an immediate response. Where was the sheriffs department?
Vito Spago January 27, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Love how the cops prevent crime. All the cops do is take reports and carry out the bodies.
Ray Russell January 27, 2013 at 05:04 AM
They sure haven't done much to solve the.metal theft. Why not?
Robert Corona January 27, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Pretty much impossible to catch them if nobody saw them.. These guys are pros, probably electricians. They seldom get caught. They prey mostly on schools on the weekends when nobody around. The old Honda place was a piece of cake for them.
Vito Spago January 27, 2013 at 07:45 AM
They take the metal to a recycler. The recyclers are crooks too. They do not ask where the metal comes from. The recyclers know it is stolen. Recyclers need to be closed down or else raided and harrassed by the cops. Bet they pay kickbacks to the cops to look the other way.
Corey Livingston February 18, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Most recyclers are good people just trying to run a business. There is more legitimate metal out there than stolen, and it's hard to tell the difference. Be proactive and don't rely on stricter laws to protect you from these thieves. Check out AirConditionerAlarms.com for more information on the best solutions to preventing copper theft from occurring.

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