A third-mile stretch of a busy San Francisco Bay area street has been dark for about a week and a half after thieves stole a length of underground copper wire that was connecting its light poles.
San Leandro public works director Michael Bakaldin said in an Oakland Tribune story this weekend that the city was spending $16,000 to rewire the ornate street lamps that had gone dark on MacArthur Boulevard.
Bakaldin says the thieves struck on Aug. 3 or early on Aug. 4, taking about 1,000 feet of wire. He says the haul was probably worth about $1,000.
It should take a few days to finish the rewiring job.