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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Michael David O'Keefe Accused of Pilfering PG&E Copper Wire

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge In this case, the copper wire did not pay off
  • In this case, the copper wire did not pay off

San Francisco cops say they have nabbed a copper wire thief who allegedly swiped a slew of high-voltage wires from a PG&E underground power vault last week.

According to police, 55-year-old Michael David O'Keefe was arrested Jan. 5 at about 5:30 a.m. after police say they saw the suspect running from the 1600 block of Folsom Street where he had allegedly removed the manhole cover and stole the wires.

Police apprehended O'Keefe, who they say was busted with burglary tools in his pocket. After "violently resisting," he was arrested on suspicion of theft and possession of burglary tools.

Police also said they found on the sidewalk near the manhole five high-voltage copper wires, cut on the ends, which O'Keefe had allegedly abandoned as he tried to escape from the cops. Each wire was 6 to 7 feet long.

High-voltage wire thieves go after scrap metal dealer prices that cap at about $3 per pound, with 30 feet of wiring weighing about 20 pounds.

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