Two accused of stealing copper wire from street lights

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two people in Colorado Springs are accused of stealing copper wire from city street lights.

Police said late last month, they began receiving reports from Colorado Springs Utilities about wire being removed from city street lights. Detectives with the CSPD Metal Theft Task Force investigated and identified 13 separate cases of wire being stolen from streetlights in Colorado Springs and El Paso County.

Thursday, detectives were conducting surveillance of possible suspects in the 3500-block of West Colorado Avenue when they saw one of the suspects unload a large quantity of wire and then enter a motel room. Police arrested two suspects, a man and a woman, and got a search warrant for their motel room. They searched the room and found more than 1,000 feet of streetlight wire, along with tools that could be used for cutting and stripping wire, according to police.

Police said the investigation is continuing, and more arrests are anticipated.

Colorado Springs Utilities asks anyone who sees suspicious activity around streetlights to call police.

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