Wire theft is once again becoming a problem in Maple Ridge, and police are asking for the public’s help.
Ridge Meadows RCMP are looking for the person or people responsible for overnight wire theft from lamp standards along Golden Ears Way.
“The crime took place sometime during the dark hours of Monday, July 6 and the morning of July 7. Thieves targeted a number of lamp standards on Golden Ears Way from 203 Street east to 210 Street, and stole hundreds of meters of copper wire,” said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.
“The cost of repair and replacement will be very significant.”
Police believe it is likely somebody saw someone while this occurred.
“Golden Ears Way is a major thoroughfare, and police are hoping someone will call us with information that will advance this investigation, as the area is very rural, with few residences or businesses in the area,” said Dunlop.
Police are appealing to any motorist who was traveling this road between 10 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, asking that they call if they observed anyone acting suspicious. This may include persons or vehicles being parked in and around a lamp standard, say police.
Wire theft has plagued the community, and 2011 saw more than 500 residents lose telephone service as thieves stole copper lines along 272 Street, and that same year three commemorative bronze plaques were ripped off the Pitt River Bridge.