East County News Service
August 1, 2018 (Santee) - Thieves left Santee Sportsplex in the dark last week, making off with about $200 worth of copper electrical wiring stolen out of power boxes late Thursday night or early Friday morning. But the theft cost the complex around $8,000, forcing cancellation of 15 youth and adult baseball and soccer games, NBC 7 reports.
Lights, scoreboards and other equipment were left inoperable, requiring major repairs. The facility is upgrading to install costlier theft-resistant equipment.
The theft comes soon after an earlier heist of copper wiring from Santana High School, also in Santee.
According to the Sheriff’s department, the thieves have electrical skills.
Clipping the wrong wires can be dangerous. Copper thieves elsewhere have been electrocuted, suffering burns or even death.
If you have any information on the copper wire thefts in San Diego’s East County, please call the San Diego Sheriff’s Santee substation.