Recent Copper Theft Costs the Utility

 "The time and money it will take Roseville Electric crews to repair the damage is staggering," said Electric Construction and Maintenance Manager Tom Cox, who estimated the damage will exceed $15,000. “These thieves did a lot of damage to other equipment – stuff they were not interested in. At the end of the day it costs our customers.”

Sadly, this is not a problem just for Roseville Electric. Roseville Police say they have taken 16 reports of copper, wire and meter thefts this year with an estimated loss of $10,632; which does not include the cost of repair, said Roseville Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther.  The Police Department also reports 11 instances of back flow prevention devices and 36 instances of catalytic converters stolen this year.  

What was unusual about the most recent incident is it occurred in the early morning hours, most likely when motorists were driving by. 

“We are doing our best to prevent theft by making access more difficult, but our customers can help too by reporting suspicious activity,” Cox said.

To help with this theft, or any other crimes, call Roseville Crime Stoppers at 916.783.STOP (783.7867), submit a tip online at and select “submit a tip” from the menu on the left or text a tip to 274637 and begin the tip with the word: Roseville.