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Would-Be Copper Thief ‘Extremely Grave’ After He’s Shocked And Catches On Fire
losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | May 5, 2012

Posted on 05/07/2012 9:33:00 AM PDT by grundle

SAN BERNARDINO (CBS) — A would-be copper thief was gravely injured early Saturday morning when he attempted to steal copper wiring from a live Edison vault, according to authorities.

Witnesses told CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Melissa Maynarich that the man could be heard screaming in agony.

Jeff Grammatico was across the street from the substation when he said, “I heard a boom.” He added, “It made me jump from one side of the room to the other.”

He ran to the fence and saw a man burning alive. “It was scary. I was trying to cut the gate to get in. It was horrifying to watch him burn.”

Grammatico says he ran back to his home to get a fire extinguisher while another passerby called 911. “He kept standing and screaming, screaming, screaming. And I couldn’t get in. I had a fire extinguisher. But he wouldn’t come over. But he started to roll.”

Officials say the suspect is “extremely grave” and that it’s likely he was burned by 33,000 volts of electricity.

The incident occurred on the corner of Rialto and Stoddard about 2 a.m.

Southern California Edison said about 14,000 customers lost power. Service was fully restored by Saturday afternoon.

The man is described as a man in his 20s. Police have not released the man’s name. Witnesses said he was so badly burned there was no way for him to be identified. JR Velasquez said it was hard to witness the horror of the man burning. “It was something I really never seen n my life. Never happened to any animal or anybody.”

The man has not yet been charged with a crime. Police are trying to locate his family.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; US: California
KEYWORDS: darwin; stupidshouldhurt; zot
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I don't see how they can say he was "gravely" injured when he's still alive.
1 posted on 05/07/2012 9:33:05 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

“You’ll never take me alive, Copper!”


2 posted on 05/07/2012 9:33:51 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: grundle

They say the burned hand teaches best...


3 posted on 05/07/2012 9:35:11 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: grundle

I hope Edison had the WARNING in multiple languages, so that the thief or his family will have a harder time suing Edison.


4 posted on 05/07/2012 9:36:09 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: grundle
Gambling with his life...

5 posted on 05/07/2012 9:38:12 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: grundle; mikrofon; martin_fierro
The man has not yet been charged. . . .

Oh yes he has.

6 posted on 05/07/2012 9:38:25 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Shocking.)
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To: grundle

Spontaneous Human Combustion?


7 posted on 05/07/2012 9:38:36 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: grundle

“Gravely injured” enough for a Darwin award?


8 posted on 05/07/2012 9:38:58 AM PDT by TheRealDBear
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To: grundle

... and how can they say that he wasn’t charged, after touching a 34kV line?


9 posted on 05/07/2012 9:40:03 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: kosciusko51
Hopefully the warning was in ‘Ebonics’, whatever his race was before, he is black now.
10 posted on 05/07/2012 9:40:03 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Obviously overcharged.


11 posted on 05/07/2012 9:41:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: TheRealDBear

“Gravely injured” enough for a Darwin award?

Well, I’m sure it roasted his chestnuts, so reproduction won’t be an issue.


12 posted on 05/07/2012 9:41:46 AM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: grundle

So, on his next job application, for past employment, can he put ‘conductor’?


13 posted on 05/07/2012 9:42:05 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: dfwgator

LMAO! And all I can think of is Debbie Boone singin “You Light Up My Life”!


14 posted on 05/07/2012 9:42:14 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: grundle

“A would-be copper thief ...”

Like he didn’t have a history of stealing copper prior to this?


15 posted on 05/07/2012 9:43:18 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: grundle

Understand the shock treatment also cured his drug addiction...


16 posted on 05/07/2012 9:43:32 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: grundle
Witnesses said he was so badly burned there was no way for him to be identified.

Feel sorry for the dude. Could end up like Dallas Weins, the face transplant guy from Texas who was severely burned in an electrical accident. Google his name for his pre-transplant pictures - quite a horror.

Note to metal thieves: make sure the circuit is de-energized before pulling any wires.

17 posted on 05/07/2012 9:43:50 AM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: grundle

I’m betting this guy had/has a

“workin’s for CHUMPS”

attitude.


18 posted on 05/07/2012 9:44:29 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Charles Henrickson

I’m sorry, but I laughed at that


19 posted on 05/07/2012 9:44:30 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: grundle

I love a story with
A happy ending


20 posted on 05/07/2012 9:48:02 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

If he goes for a job at Acorn, rather than a Conductor, he should say he has been a Resistor.


21 posted on 05/07/2012 9:52:30 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: SgtHooper

God help me I chuckled.


22 posted on 05/07/2012 9:53:47 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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To: Charles Henrickson; mikrofon; grundle

Ohm Muh Gawd.


23 posted on 05/07/2012 9:53:47 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Wait, watt?)
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To: SgtHooper

How about the Doors’ “Light my Fire”?


24 posted on 05/07/2012 9:55:54 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: grundle

25 posted on 05/07/2012 9:56:09 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: grundle

He won the award for an electrifying performance.


26 posted on 05/07/2012 9:58:55 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: grundle

“But he wouldn’t come over. But he started to roll.”

I guess he tripped the light fantastic.


27 posted on 05/07/2012 10:00:11 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Vaquero

It is not a happy ending.
The guy is alive, will have massive medical bills that the taxpayer or the hospital will have to eat, and he or his estate will undoubtedly start a lawsuit over his injuries or death.


28 posted on 05/07/2012 10:00:21 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Appearing nightly at Joe’s Comedy House.
“The Live Wire”.


29 posted on 05/07/2012 10:01:10 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: grundle

I wonder who is paying for his medical bills. Think this twerp had insurance?


30 posted on 05/07/2012 10:02:08 AM PDT by Dan in Wichita
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To: grundle

Interesting current events story.


31 posted on 05/07/2012 10:02:34 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: grundle

they call it “grave” condition for a reason...


32 posted on 05/07/2012 10:05:35 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: martin_fierro

Very succinct but slightly ambiguous even for an implied bump ... ;-)


33 posted on 05/07/2012 10:06:51 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: grundle
Copper Thieves, Youtube Warning graphic pics of crispy critters!
34 posted on 05/07/2012 10:06:51 AM PDT by mulebones
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To: boomop1

He was a well grounded individual.


35 posted on 05/07/2012 10:12:43 AM PDT by mouell
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To: grundle
it’s likely he was burned by 33,000 volts of electricity

It ain't the volts it's the amps. Nevertheless I would imagine there was considerable amperage involved.

36 posted on 05/07/2012 10:13:04 AM PDT by xp38
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To: grundle

Darwin Award runner-up.


37 posted on 05/07/2012 10:14:22 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: grundle

I feel sorry for the customers who lost power because of this dope.


38 posted on 05/07/2012 10:15:47 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: grundle
"..The man has not yet been charged with a crime..."

Once they charge him they have to pay his medical bill.

39 posted on 05/07/2012 10:26:16 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Londo Molari

[ “Gravely injured” enough for a Darwin award?

Well, I’m sure it roasted his chestnuts, so reproduction won’t be an issue. ]

Now that is a “Tingle up the Leg” on par with the one Chrissy Mathews had in 2008....


40 posted on 05/07/2012 10:27:11 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: grundle
I'm surprised that the leftists aren't demanding "free" voltmeters to be given at taxpayer expense to copper thieves so they know which wires not to steal.
41 posted on 05/07/2012 10:30:27 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: grundle

From the SB County Coroner.

Coroner case 701203296 VN: Back on Saturday morning, May 5, 2012, at about 2:00 AM, a man received electrical burn injuries while attempting to remove copper wiring from an electrical relay station on Stoddard Ave., just south of Rialto Ave., in the city of San Bernardino. Michael Morga Garcia, a 26 year old resident of San Bernardino, was transported by ambulance to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead Sunday evening, May 6th, at 8:32 PM. The incident is under investigation by San Bernardino Police Department. [05/06/12 2300 VN]


42 posted on 05/07/2012 10:31:41 AM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: grundle
Police are trying to locate his family.

Did they check Meh-Hee-Co?

43 posted on 05/07/2012 10:34:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Exactly. They want the hospital to sue Edison for their expenses, instead of billing the city.


44 posted on 05/07/2012 10:35:26 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: grundle
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45 posted on 05/07/2012 10:38:44 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: evets

"I'm shocked ... shocked!"

46 posted on 05/07/2012 10:39:26 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: xp38
There is some evidence on-line that human body resistance can be estimated at somewhere around 1000Ω. The classic formula

P = GV²

in which G, the conductance, is 1/R, and V = 33kV, we get 1.089 MW into Mr. Copperman. Of course, that's assuming no line drop, and it's also assuming no increase in resistance over time due to the... ahem... loss of conductance that would occur as Mr. Copperman's bodily fluids ah... outgassed.

On the other hand, he may have been ingulfed by a huge arc, in which case the resistance would have been much lower, just a few ohms. In that circumstance, the power dissipated could have been much higher, many megawatts. It's hard to imagine how he could have been alive more than a few milliseconds though.

47 posted on 05/07/2012 10:39:49 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: occamrzr06

Well at least now his condition has “stabilized.”


48 posted on 05/07/2012 10:40:43 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: grundle

Stick a fork in him, he’s cooked.


49 posted on 05/07/2012 10:41:10 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Proud2BeRight; SgtHooper
How about the Doors’ “Light my Fire”?

KISS, "Shock Me".

50 posted on 05/07/2012 10:42:18 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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