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Copper Thieves Steal Street Light Wiring on Ralston Avenue

600 feet of copper wire was removed from a sidewalk utility box along Ralston Avenue.

The area where the theft of wire occurred   Photo: Belmont PD
The area where the theft of wire occurred Photo: Belmont PD


Sometime overnight Tuesday, unknown suspect(s) stole copper wiring, used for street lights, on a portion of Ralston Avenue. 

According to Capt. Pat Halleran of the Belmont Police Department, on Tuesday morning, at about 7:00 a.m., a citizen reported to police an open grate in the sidewalk on the south side of Ralston Avenue between Hiller Street and Highway 101. The reporting party said there were exposed wires in the open grate. 

Upon investigation, officers found that some time during the night, between Tuesday, Dec. 10, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, a total of four in-ground utility boxes in the sidewalk had been opened and approximately 600 feet of copper wire that provides electrical power to the street lights in that section of sidewalk had been removed. The wire is valued at approximately $600.

The Belmont Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for the theft.  Police ask anyone with information to call the Belmont Police at 650-595-7400 or the Belmont Police Crime Tip Line at 650-598-3000.


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