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Thief makes off with $25,000 copper spool from Bay Area PG&E yard

FREMONT — Police are looking for a man who made off with a 5,600-pound spool of copper wire from a Pacific Gas and Electric storage yard in Fremont.

The copper that was stolen on Sunday was valued at more than $25,000.

Police tell the Oakland Tribune (http://bit.ly/ZW6VrX) the man stole a forklift from a nearby construction site, drove it through a fence at the storage yard and used it to load the spool of copper onto a flatbed truck. He then drove away.

The forklift was still running when officers arrived at the scene around 7 a.m. Sunday.

Police have released a vague description of the suspect, but have not identified him.

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