Arizona authorities investigate copper wire thefts

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in one Arizona county say they are investigating a rash of copper wire thefts.

Yavapai County deputies say they've been notified of several thefts in recent months and they're asking the public to help watch for suspicious activity in the late night or early morning hours along major roadways.

Most recently, deputies were dispatched to a spot along Interstate 17 after state transportation workers noticed the lights over the on-ramp were not working.

It was discovered that copper wire had been pulled from the power box and junction boxes that feed the street lamps in the area. In all, more than 1,700 feet of wire was missing.

The theft of copper wire from junction boxes that control street lamps in Prescott Valley and Seligman also have been reported since September.

YCSO officials stated, "Remember, the victims are ultimately Arizona tax payers who supply dollars through taxes and fees as revenue for the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF)."  

If you have any information about this case, call Yavapai Silent Witness. You can remain anonymous and receive a cash award for tips leading to an arrest or indictment.

TIP LINE: 1-800-932-3232

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