Suspect Arrested for Grand Theft of Copper Wire
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A 33-year-old Santa Paula resident was arrested for stealing approximately 80 feet of telecommunication copper wires from Southern California Edison utility poles.

On July 6, 2022, at about 3:00 PM a resident witnessed three suspects cutting the telecommunication copper power lines flanking the roadway of South Mountain Road near Balcom Canyon Road in the unincorporated area of Ventura County near Fillmore and called the police.

Patrol deputies and station detectives immediately responded to the scene. One suspect, Sergio Vasquez Gutierrez was detained, and he was positively identified as the suspect seen cutting down the wires. In addition, Gutierrez was in possession of approximately 100 feet of copper telecommunication wire, cutting tools, and a ladder. Evidence photographs attached.

Further investigation revealed several sections of telecommunication copper wire had been cut from Southern California Edison utility poles. The two other suspects fled and were not located at this time.

Thieves who steal wire containing copper recycle the stripped metal for money at recycling centers. Approximately 5,000 feet of cable has been stolen from this area over the recent months.

Gutierrez was booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for violations of Grand Theft, Criminal Conspiracy, Felony Vandalism, and Possession of Burglary tools. Gutierrez is currently on probation for theft related crimes. Gutierrez remains in custody and he is not able to post bail due to a probation violation hold. His court date is set for July 8, 2022.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime or any other crimes are urged to contact The Fillmore Police Station @ (805) 524-2233 or the below listed detective. The reporting party may remain anonymous.

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Nature of Incident: Suspect Arrested for Grand Theft of Copper Wire
Report Number: RB# 22-89375
Location: Balcom Canyon/South Mountain Road, Ventura County

Date & Time: July 06, 2022 @ 3:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol Services, Fillmore Detective Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(A) Sergio Vasquez Gutierrez Santa Paula, 33
Prepared by: Sergeant Will Hollowell
Approved by: Captain Garo Kuredjian

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).