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Copper thieves busted at Southern California Edison plant

Three men were arrested after allegedly breaking into a Southern California Edison facility and stealing copper wire. (Google Maps)

January 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Three men were arrested Sunday morning after allegedly breaking into a Southern California Edison facility and stealing copper wire.

Following a string of six break-in burglaries at the Southern California Edison plant at 5027 Gabbert Rd. in Moorpark in November and December. The suspects cut the chain-link fence to gain entry, then stole wire containing copper, according to the Moorpark Police Dept. SCE estimates the loss to the company at more than $100,000.

Moorpark Police detectives conducting surveillance at the plant watched three suspects cut the chain-link fence on January 22 at about 3:30 a.m. and enter the grounds where they remained for an hour.

Detectives watched the suspects emerge with wiring and get in a vehicle. Moorpark Police patrol units immediately apprehended the suspects. About $25,000 in copper wire was recovered from the vehicle.

Paul Kornish, 41, of Sun Valley; Robert Meskill, 31, of Sunland; and Jeffrey Denuccio, 23, of Saugus, were arrested for commercial burglary and conspiracy. Meskill and Denuccio were held on $20,000 bail. Kornish was also arrested for an existing parole making him ineligble for parole, according to police.


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