Suspected copper wire thief electrocuted, killed

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STOCKTON, Calif. -- A man was killed after being electrocuted following what police suspect was an attempt to steal copper wiring from an unfinished California subdivision, according to a report.

FOX40 in central California reports police are now trying to find the man's accomplice.

The accidental death happened Friday, and officers discovered a pair of wire cutters next to the man's body. Nearby residents told FOX40 there has long been a problem of copper wire theft in the area.

“I was in the house, heard a loud pop, and the lights kind of dimmed down,” neighbor Joseph Silva told the station.

Silva said he went outside to see what was going on a little while later when he saw fire trucks and responders performing CPR on the man's body.

Silva and other neighbors told FOX40 the subdivision was never finished and thieves have been taking wiring from location ever since.

Meanwhile police are searching for a suspected accomplice who was believed to be with the man at the time, according to FOX40.

 

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