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Bike Path Goes Dark

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A bike path that opened in December has already been sullied by crooks, reports The Eastsider LA. The 2.5-mile long Elysian Valley bike path along the LA River included LED path lights to help cyclists not kill themselves when the sun's down--last month criminals busted open secured electric boxes and pulled out $50,000 worth of underground copper wire that powered the lights. There've been other copper wire thefts recently and this could be the same thieves, who in the case of the Elysian Valley heist likely dressed as city workers to commit their crime. The city is not replacing the lights until they figure out how to prevent further thefts. You may remember the copper wire theft epidemic of a few years back. [Eastsider LA]