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Burglar electrocuted when trying to steal copper wire, deputies say

Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/16/2012 12:16:11 PM PDT

FONTANA - A man trying to steal live electrical wires from a power pole early Monday died from electrocution and knocked out power to more than 3,000 homes and businesses.
Robert Buchanan, 26, of San Bernardino, was pronounced dead beside the Metrolink railroad tracks near the corner of Valencia Street and Lime Avenue, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said. It is an unincorporated area near the Fontana city limits.

"(Southern California) Edison has been victim numerous times to theft of their cable because of the copper wiring and the fact that people are recycling it," said sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller.

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies received a call regarding a death investigation at 2:25 a.m.

They discovered that Buchanan used bolt cutters to cut live Southern California Edison wires from a pole.



Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20407988/man-killed-while-cutting-fontana-power-line

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