Written by AARON CASTREJON
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Gold Line trains resumed normal service after the earlier signal issue in Azusa, Metro announced at 5:14 p.m.
AZUSA - Deputies are investigating who may have damaged the railroad signal system in Azusa Saturday after attempting to steal valuable copper wire.
Around 7:37 a.m. July 13, a Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit employee witnessed a suspicious man tampering with copper wire nearby the Irwindale Gold Line Station, according to Ramon Montenegro, public information officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau.
Deputies could not yet confirm if the suspicious man was the individual who vandalized the signals. Deputies took his contact information before releasing him, Montenegro said.
“Somewhere in the area we did find some wires that had been tampered with and appeared that someone was getting ready to steal it,” Montenegro told SGV CityWatch.
Metro has bus bridges replacing Gold Line service between the Duarte and APU/Citrus College Station while the signal system is repaired.
Copter wire theft is a common and lucrative crime.
In years past, thieves frequently vandalized the Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight line in Glendora. In on case, more than one mile of copper wire was taken and parking lot lights at the Louie Pompei Memorial Sports Complex were also heavily vandalized.