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 November 30th, 2009  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara asks for public's help to solve western St. Lucie County copper wire thefts
Thieves have stolen copper wire from meter boxes and utility poles in western St. Lucie County two dozen times since the beginning of September, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We are asking for anyone who can help us solve these crimes to contact our detectives or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers," Sheriff Mascara said. "If you have information, you can give it to Crime Stoppers without giving your name and you can be eligible for a cash reward if the tip leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property."

People can anonymously telephone Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477), or they can report their tips on the Crime Stoppers web site, www.tcwatch.com. People can also call 9-1-1 in St. Lucie County, to report a suspected crime in progress or one that has occurred in the past, or St. Lucie County Sheriff's detective offices at 772-462-3230.

Sheriff Mascara said the thieves are targeting electric meters, the wire that runs from the meter up the power pole to the transformer, or both. "They are disconnecting the power from the power line to the transformer, then stealing the copper wire," Sheriff Mascara said. "This tells us that whoever is committing these crimes has a working knowledge of electricity."

The thieves may look like electrical contractors or power company workers, Sheriff Mascara said. "If you see anyone working on or near power lines in rural areas of St. Lucie County, please call 9-1-1 immediately. We want to know," said Sheriff Mascara.

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