A Tujunga man is in serious condition today after severely shocking himself during an ill-fated attempt to steal copper wire from Southern California Edison power poles.
A check of the area revealed that there had been tampering with the wires and that an injury might have occured. Through the preliminary investigation, deputies have determined that the injured Tujunga man had apparently climbed 30 to 35 feet up one of the power poles and then hoisted a cordless saw up to him using string.
Deputies believe the man reached out and attempted to cut one of the copper wires in an effort to steal it. Officers believe the saw arced with the live electrical line sending more than 125,000 volts into the suspect, shocking him and causing him to fall from the power pole.
Deputies recovered the saw and the string at the area of the attempted crime.
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A Santa Clarita deputy patrolling near Newhall Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway just after 6:30 A.M. spotted the two men and and noticed one to be injured. The Los Angeles County Fire Department was called in and began treating the man for his injuries. The injured man was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.
The injured man sustained a severe head injury and heart problems as a result of the incident. He is currently in surgery. If he survives he will likely face felony charges of attempted grand theft.
As the deputy continued his investigation he detirmined the second man, Robert Yost, also of Tujunga had a $35,000 felony warrant for being under the influence of drugs. Yost was arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on the warrant.