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Suspected copper thief

(Copper thief gets away)….Witnesses called the Sheriff’s Department mid Sunday morning.

By the time Deputies arrived, the suspect had fled on a bicycle. At just after 10:00 Sunday morning it was reported a man was stripping copper wire from a telephone poll at Austin Road and Highway 86, near Brawley. The Sheriff’s Office dispatched 4 units, but they all arrived too late. The suspect had fled on his bike. A daytime copper theft indicates the thieves are getting more brazen. Copper theft is a national problem. The Imperial Irrigation District is offering rewards for the arrest and conviction of copper thieves,