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IE wire theft suspect shocked, hospitalized

A map indicates the location of an Edison substation where a man was reportedly trying to cut and steal metal wiring.

May 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man reportedly trying to steal wiring from an Edison substation in San Bernardino suffered electric shocks and was hospitalized.

San Bernardino police received a report shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday that a transformer had blown out at the substation located at Rialto and Stoddard avenues. The caller said a person was on fire after trying to steal wiring at the location.

Responding officers and fire personnel found a male in his 20s inside the fenced substation. After surveying the situation, officials gathered that the man had been cutting wire and was shocked by as much as 33,000 volts of electricity.

The man was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in extremely grave condition. His identity was not immediately released.

The incident caused power outages to more than 2,300 Edison customers in San Bernardino.