Copper thieves damage street lights on Railroad Avenue

By From page A9 | October 02, 2013

SUISUN CITY — Copper thieves are once again trying to strip street lights of their wiring in Suisun City.

The Public Works Department investigated a report Tuesday that street lights on Railroad Avenue near Village Drive had been vandalized.

Crews discovered the wire access covers were removed and the wires were cut on several street lights. Security devices installed in 2012 after a similar theft prevented the wiring from being removed.

The wires were severely damaged. Street lights were not working along Railroad Avenue from Village Drive to Birchwood Court. Lights on other portions of Railroad Avenue or adjacent areas also may be affected.

Replacing street light wiring is both time-consuming and very expensive, said a press release from the city. The city does not have equipment necessary to rewire the lights so a private contractor must be hired, which is not a budgeted expense.

Thieves stole wiring from street lights on Walters Road, in the Petersen Ranch subdivision and on Railroad Avenue in 2012.

Residents are asked to watch for unusual activity near street light poles, particularly during evening hours. Legitimate work on city street lights is normally conducted during the daytime by crews with vehicles and uniforms bearing the city emblem, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. logos or a contractor employed by the city.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call the Police Department at 421-7373.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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