Copper wire theft continues to plague the municipality

The bounty is still out there on the heads of West Kelowna’s copper wire thieves.

The municipality is reminding the public it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for the theft of copper wire from the District of West Kelowna last month.

Sometime, either late Feb. 7 or early Feb. 8, thieves stole copper wire from:

•18 streetlights on Asquith Road in Shannon Lake;

• five streetlights on Glenrosa Road between Walnut Glen Drive and Glen Abbey Place;

• eight streetlights on Westlake Road between Starlight Crescent and Peak Point Drive;

• four streetlights and a transformer in the Upper Sundance Drive area of Shannon Lake; and

• several streetlights in the Diamond View strata development.

Anyone with information regarding the thefts is asked to contact West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

In addition to the reward, the district is encouraging all residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity to the RCMP in an effort to catch those responsible for the copper wire thefts.

It says the thieves appear to work at night or in the early morning and target new developments and sections of street where there are no, or few, residences in the hope their actions will remain unnoticed.

Residents can call West Kelowna’s operations department at 778-797-8849 to report streetlights in need of repair.

West Kelowna says its employees and contractors do not work on streetlights at night and so anyone seeing what appears to be such work being done at night is asked to call the police.