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Copper Thief Gets Electrocuted Mid-Heist

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A thief in Palm Springs was electrocuted yesterday while trying to steal copper.The attempted theft tripped up the system yesterday around noon, and Southern California Edison responded, only to find a man's dead body next to a 12,000-volt transformer, according to CBS Los Angeles. “The preliminary investigation indicates the subject was tampering with the contents of the transformer when he was electrocuted,” Palm Spring Police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff told CBS.

The man's identity hasn't been released.