Sticky fingers turn lights out in West Kelowna

  • Feb. 3, 2011 3:00 p.m.

A number of street lights went out in West Kelowna this week, as a result of copper theives.

Between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, theives were busy pulling copper wiring from some 32 street light standards in the Asquith Drive, Westlake Road and Glenrosa Road areas, said Const. Steve Holmes in a statement.

“As a result of the pilfering, $20,000 in damage was done which includes the fixing of the standards and replacing the stolen wire,” said Holmes.

Police are investigating but have no witnesses or information to focus on at this time. Police are appealing to the public to come forward with any information regarding these thefts.

The District of West Kelowna contracts a private electrical company to maintain its street lights, and all of this company’s vehicles are prominently marked.

Police are asking the public to report any suspicious vehicles/ persons/activities they see at or near street lights, especially at night as the process of removing the wiring from the streetlights is not an easy or subtle task.

Also, if you see several streetlights in a row that aren’t working, at night, please report this to the District of West Kelowna so they may determine whether or not a thief has been tampering with the wiring.

Call the West Kelowna Policing Office at 250-768-2880, or Crime Stoppers with any police related information.

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