Copper thief causes $100K in damages to local business

Detectives say copper thieves caused $100K in damages to Rialto Concrete Products in Littlerock.

LITTLEROCK – Palmdale Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) that caused more than $100,000 dollars in damage while stripping wires from a concrete plant near 7186 East Avenue T in Littlerock.

On Jan. 13, Palmdale Station deputies responded to the Rialto Concrete Products plant for a burglary investigation in which the suspect(s) entered the property through a cut chain link fence and stripped over 20 electrical boxes inside of the plant.

The plant manufactures concrete piping for various construction companies.

Employees of the plant were unsure of the amount of wiring the suspects stole, but estimate the repair costs to be in the range of $100,000.

Detectives believe the thieves were after the copper core inside the wiring. Palmdale Station has seen a rise in thefts related to metal items being taken in an attempt to recycle them for money.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lt. Kennedy at 661-272-2506.  Information can be reported anonymously by contacting “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website

(Information via press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.)