Photos of some of the damage done by thieves.

Photos of some of the damage caused by thieves.

SANTEE–Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Santee Station are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate unknown suspects wanted in connection with a series of electrical copper wiring thefts.

Detectives said that, between December 2013 and the end of January 2014, unknown suspects have stolen about 4,000 feet of copper wiring from street lights, sidewalk lighting, and from irrigation and water control systems throughout the City of Santee to include the Mission Creek and River Park areas.

In most of the cases the thieves have broken the cement covers to gain access to the copper wiring. The damage and replacement costs to the City of Santee are more than $60,000.

Anyone with information on this case should call the Sheriff’s Santee Station at

(619)956-4000 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent to