Copper Thieves Leave SJ Neighborhood in the Dark - NBC Bay Area

Copper Thieves Leave SJ Neighborhood in the Dark



    Scott Budman visits a San Jose neighborhood who has been in the dark for three weeks thanks to copper thieves and an expensive fix it job. (Published Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013)

    Several San Jose neighborhoods are in the dark tonight and they have been for weeks, all because of broken light fixtures.

    In all, 162 light fixtures have been vandalized in recent weeks as thieves break into the poles to get their hands on copper wiring.

    It turns repairing the lights will take a lot more than just replacing a bulb.

    City officials say because of the wiring, it is a complex problem to fix.

    It's been three weeks since the neighborhood on Ryland Drive has been in the dark, which makes it potentially dangerous to play in nearby parks. Neighbors say they fear for their safety.

    City officials say the lights on Ryland Drive should see its lights repaired in the next few days. For other neighborhoods, it will be a longer wait.