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Copper thieves strip wiring from street lights in Carlsbad

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CARLSBAD (CNS) - Carlsbad city officials asked for the public's help Tuesday in thwarting and catching copper thieves, who have stripped about a dozen street lights of wiring.

In one case, someone left a potentially deadly, 240-volt line exposed.

John Masshoff, a Carlsbad transportation supervisor. The crimes, dating to this past summer, caused about $40,000 worth of damage to city property, officials said.

The thieves typically take covers off utility boxes, clip the wires and pull them out of an underground conduit -- sometimes by attaching them to a vehicle, city officials said.

The crooks could be wearing hard hats or dressed as utility workers.

All city or utility vehicles have a city seal or logo on them. Carlsbad police can be reached at (760) 931-2197.

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