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Sheriff’s investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual(s) responsible for a string of copper thefts in Poway.

Over the last year, copper thieves have struck between 15 and 20 times, pulling from as little as 50 to as much as 2,500 feet of copper wiring out of street lights in parks and along infrequently used streets. A total of 50 lights have been targeted, with the repair cost averaging $700 per light.

Authorities say the darkness resulting from the lights being vandalized creates hazards for drivers and pedestrians, as well as limiting park access. Veterans’ Park on Midland road was dark for more than a month until the city was able to send repair crews to replace stolen wiring there.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for tips leading to an arrest. The Sheriff’s department is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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