Update: West Kelowna offers reward to help catch copper thieves

The thieves are at it again.

Over the past few weeks, the Central Okanagan has been hit by copper wire thieves.

Now the District of West Kelowna is trying to ensure that they don't come back to the Westside; therefore, it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for stealing copper wire from local streetlights.

Eleven months ago, $20,000 worth of copper wire was removed from lampposts throughout the district.

Affected areas included: Westlake Road from Starlight Crescent to Peak Point Drive, Asquith Road and Upper Sundance Drive in Shannon Lake, and Glenrosa Road between Walnut Drive and Glen Abbey Place.

Wire was also stolen from several lampposts in the Diamond View strata development.

No further thefts have been reported in West Kelowna, but with copper wire being stolen from the City of Kelowna last weekend, the district is reminding Westside residents to remain vigilant.

The district also advises the public that Keldon Electric is the company contracted to maintain streetlights in the municipality until Feb. 29, 2012. Westcana Electric will maintain the streetlights after Mar. 1. Both companies use clearly marked vehicles and work predominately during daylight hours.

To report any streetlights that need repair, residents should call West Kelowna's Operations Department at 778-797-8849.


Update: Thursday morning, just before 10 a.m., Kelowna RCMP received a report of theft in the 1500 Block of KLO Road.

A Fortis employee said that two ground cables coming of the power poles

in the area had been cut and about one foot of copper had been taken.

The damage was discovered Wednesday.


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