Copper thieves in Pueblo are getting bold.
According to detectives, they're stealing right from power poles and leaving live wires out in the open. Authorities say, someone walking by could have been electrocuted.
Detective Brandon Colbert says, one power line that was cut had 13,000 volts of electricity running through it.
Authorities say, the thieves either knew what they were doing or were just lucky. That's because they say, cutting live wires could be deadly.
Detectives say, copper thieves were stealing from newly constructed homes and abandoned buildings but authorities say, thieves found stealing from power poles much easier.
Authorities say, some residents were effected by the power lines being cut.
Copper, right now, is worth $2.40 a pound. However police say, most of the wiring the thieves were getting from the power poles are rusted and damaged bringing down their value considerably.
Authorities say, they have surveillance cameras planted at various scrap shops around town, helping police locate and arrest suspected copper thefts. Colbert says, dozens of suspects have already been arrested.