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Attempted Copper Thief May Have Caused Fruitvale Power Outage

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More than 1,800 PG&E customers lost power in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood this morning, and police are investigating a possible copper theft attempt that may have been the cause, a PG&E spokeswoman said. At 11:19 p.m. Tuesday, 1,820 PG&E customers lost power in the vicinity of Coliseum Way, just north of High Street, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said. Power was restored to all customers by 12:27 a.m., according to Morris. Morris said PG&E and Oakland police are investigating a possible attempted copper theft in connection with the outage. According to PG&E, nearly $5.5 million in equipment has been lost between 2005 and 2012 as a result of copper and metal thefts from the utility. During that time period, about 2,500 thefts were reported. “Besides being illegal, it’s extremely dangerous to steal energized electrical wire or equipment,” Morris said.

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