The lights at Maidu Regional Park in Roseville will go back on starting tomorrow, following that left the soccer fields at the park dark.
Sometime between the night of Sept. 22 and early morning of Sept. 23, a thief removed the ground-level cement covers from the light poles and stripped the copper wire out of them. This left the lights inoperable and the soccer fields dark for the last two weeks. Teams’ soccer practices were moved to different fields or the outfield of softball parks, Pamela Allen with the city’s parks, recreation and libraries said.
The lights go back on tomorrow, Oct. 7, and will stay on continuously for about a week as workers finish repairs.
The bright lights will also act as a “deterrent to any potential thieves,” Allen said.
Following a week of continuous light at the soccer fields, the lights will be turned on based on field use, Allen said.
The lighting repairs cost approximately $24,500, according to Roseville Park officials.
Currently there are no suspects in this theft, according to Roseville Police spokesperson Dee Dee Gunther. Roseville Crime Stoppers is for information that leads to an arrest.
In Roseville, copper thieves have hit several parks and facilities this year, but this is the costliest theft yet, according to Roseville Police.
Anyone who may have seen anyone tampering with the lights or has any other information about this crime is asked to call Roseville Crime Stoppers at 916-783-7867. Callers can remain anonymous.