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ADOT office hit by copper thieves

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

For those needing to visit the ADOT office on 51st Avenue and Indian School Road, a "closed" sign is not exactly what they wanted to see.

"We drove half an hour all the way here, so we do have to go to another one, but, it's not that bad," said motorist Cornia Chivari.

Early Monday morning, thieves caused roughly $5,000 worth of damage, stealing copper and other wiring.

"It's a major copper theft because they pulled quite a bit of the copper wiring out which really hurt not only the power supply, but the air conditioning system, and obviously we're not going to open the office without air conditioning," said ADOT spokesman Harold Sanders.

The theft not only affected ADOT, but it also inconvenienced customers needing to take care of business at the facility.

"We will accommodate those that needed a time-sensitive transaction accomplished today," Sanders said.

We're also told there was no breach of ADOT's computer systems that hold personal information such as driver licenses and vehicle or title information.

"No compromise whatsoever of that information.  There's nothing for the public to be concerned about in that respect," said Sanders.

ADOT apologizes for those who may have been inconvenienced by the closure and says the office at 51st Avenue and Indian School is expected to be fully operational by Tuesday.

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