Westside copper thieves now have a price on their heads.
West Kelowna council has voted to offer a $1,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for ripping copper wire out of more than 30 streetlights across the district last week.
The theft is concerning to the district from a public safety standpoint as well as a financial one.
Mayor Doug Findlater noted the streetlights on Glenrosa Road were installed to protect people from hitting deer while driving at night.
Coun. Rosalind Neis noted the district is out at least $20,000 due to the thieves’ actions, the initial estimate of how much it will cost to repair the light standards affected. “Let’s offer up $1,000 and maybe one of these guys might rat out their buddies,” she told council.
Some time during the nights of Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, thieves made off with copper wire from 18 streetlights on Asquith Road, five lights on Glenrosa Road and eight on Westlake Road. Missing wire was also discovered at several standards in the Diamond View strata development. RCMP estimated the damage at $20,000, but the district will not have a final figure until repairs are completed.