Power box with junction access in foreground, General theft location
Courtesy of: YCSO
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YCSO seeking suspects in wire theft


BLACK CANYON CITY – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking suspects in a copper wire theft at Cold Water Canyon and I-17 in Black Canyon City.

On the morning of Dec. 11, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a copper wire theft at Cold Water Canyon. Personnel from ADOT told deputies they noticed the lights over the I-17 South on-ramp were not working and upon inspection, discovered the connecting wire had been removed from the power box. Further inspection revealed that #6 stranded cooper wire was pulled from the power box to a junction box south of Cold Water Canyon Road. Additionally, #8 copper wire was pulled from the junction box to the lights and its terminus into a junction box east of the on-ramp. A total of 1,700 feet of #8 copper wire and 35 feet of #6 stranded copper wire was stolen, YCSO reported.

ADOT personnel believe the theft occurred sometime between Dec. 1-11. The estimated loss, including labor to reinstall the stolen wiring, is $5,000, according to YCSO.

YCSO is asking anyone with information on this theft to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1(800) 932-3232. A tip to Silent Witness leading to the arrest of a suspect in this case becomes eligible for a cash reward. Refer to case number 17-044177.