FREMONT -- Police have located an abandoned truck that investigators believe was used to haul away about $25,000 worth of copper wire stolen from a storage yard early Sunday morning.

Surveillance video from a nearby business captured a man leaving the truck near the 2500 block of Hansen Road in Hayward at 10:40 a.m. Sunday. The truck had a damaged ignition and was stolen from a Fremont company, said Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

When police found the abandoned truck on Monday ¿it was loaded with a large amount of red wire insulation, commonly used to insulate copper wire, Bosques said.

The surveillance video shows a man getting out of the truck and a second truck -- a 1996 to 1999 orange Dodge Ram 1500--pulling up and picking up the man, police said. The truck is believed to be a short bed, possibly raised with chrome rims. Police believe the abandoned truck was used to haul away the stolen copper wire.

The incident started on Sunday when police were called to a PG&E storage yard on Boyce Road for a report of a forklift that was left running. Police said a man stole the forklift from a nearby construction site and drove it through a fence to steal a 5,600-pound spool of copper wire and insulation.


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Police said the suspects took the wire to an unknown location and used a machine or cutting tool to remove the copper wire from the insulation. Police believe that because of the weight of the wire and insulation, multiple people were involved in the theft.

Witnesses to the burglary described the driver as a white man, mid-30s, with black hair. Police did not provide physical descriptions of the man seen getting out of the abandoned truck or the man driving the orange Dodge.

Police need the public's help and are asking anyone with information to call 510-790-6800 and select option 3 or leave information at www.fremontpolice.org/tip.

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