Copper theft at Isleta will cost taxpayers

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Copper thieves have struck again, this time hitting a popular concert venue in Albuquerque and costly taxpayers.

Someone stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of copper wiring from nearly 100 light poles at the Isleta Amphitheater.

County officials say it happened over a two-day period last week and was discovered by a maintenance crew. They say a transformer also had wire stolen.

It may cost $50,000 to replace the wiring and make other repairs.

Officials say it could take a couple of months to get the light poles back up and running in time for the summer concert season.

“They were very thorough and methodical in what they did,” said Mark Chavez of CABQ Parks & Recreation. “It appears someone knew what they were doing and how to get to the wire.”

The county says it’s looking into replacing the wiring with aluminum wiring so it will be less desirable to copper thieves.

They are also installing security cameras. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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