GPA: Thieves Steal Over 2,000 Feet of Copper Wire From 3 Locations in Yigo and Dededo

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Guam –  The Guam Power Authority is asking the public to help catch the copper thieves who have stolen over 2,000 feet of copper wire at 3 locations over the past 3 months.

Two of the thefts occurred off  Route #15, at Chalan Okso Familian Faanatonan , a still un-occupied housing development.  Three, 180-foot rolls of copper wire was found taken on February 6, and again on April 28. In all about 1,080 feet of copper wire was stolen.

On April 24,  3 newly renovated GHURA homes at the Yigo Staff Housing development were targeted by copper thieves. The homes were unoccupied, but had active accounts. A total of 390 feet of wire was stolen.

And on May 2, at the the Dededo Staff Housing,  2 newly renovated GHURA homes were hit. The thieves took about 240-feet of  copper wire. These homes too had no active accounts. 720 feet of copper wire was taken.

“ If you are aware of or have information about possible copper theft, you may contact GPA’s Internal Audit Revenue Protection Service at #648-3199 or email: ia_rps@guampowerauthority.com.”

GPA General Manager Joaquin Flores is asking for the public to help catch these thieves. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call GPA’s Internal Audit Revenue Protection Service at 648-3199 or email: ia_rps@guampowerauthority.com.

You can also contact GPD’s Crime Stoppers at #477-4357.

All calls are held in strictest confidence.  

[Meter socket wire theft, April 28]

READ the release from GPA below:

COPPER WIRE THEFT INCIDENTS

Copper wire theft has once again occurred this past week affecting areas up North. Thieves stole over 2,000 feet of copper conductor leaving two newly renovated GHURA homes and a new housing development without ability to energize homes for families in need – Yigo & Dededo GHURA Staff Housing and Chalan Okso Familian Faanatonan’s newly constructed homes along Route 15.

“These incidences occurred within the last 30 days,” stated GPA General Manager Joaquin C. Flores, P.E., “The sale of copper wire as scrap is an attractive lure involving both the thieves and the salvage metal yards that receive the stolen copper wires – GPA has reported these incidents to the Guam Police Department with case numbers secured.”

Public Law 28-18 requires any person, entity or corporation that buy copper wire to maintain a log book for one year of all purchases of copper wire from on-island sources, indicating the nature of the items bought, the name and address of the seller, the price paid, and the date of purchase, and shall obtain and maintain a copy of each seller’s identification documents. All records shall be made available to law enforcement officers upon request.

“Help Prevent and Detect Copper Theft; we ask for the public’s help in our efforts to reduce and capture copper theft perpetrators, remarked Flores, “ If you are aware of or have information about possible copper theft, you may contact GPA’s Internal Audit Revenue Protection Service at #648-3199 or email: ia_rps@guampowerauthority.com.”

All locations will require repair and replacement of underground wires prior to re-energizing and issuance of new smart meters. The areas are susceptible to be targeted by wire thieves since they are not occupied, isolated and in remote locations. Additional work will be required to replace the missing wire and repair meter provisions that may have been damaged in the theft both by GPA personnel and the customers.

You may also contact GPD’s Crime Stoppers at #477-4357. All calls are held in strictest confidence.