Clinic business

$40 stripped copper cost thousands in repairs at West Side medical clinic

SAN ANTONIO – A medical clinic in a West Side mall lost power for hours on Saturday, putting its refrigerated medications and vaccines at risk. Electricity was cut because suspects allegedly cut power lines to steal copper.

The mall is located on the corner of South Zarzamora and West Commerce. All businesses were without power until around 2:30 p.m.

Cano Health regional manager Rafael Pena said he discovered the electricity around 9 a.m. For him, being without electricity is a much bigger problem than not being able to transact.

“I have medicine in my fridges, I have vaccines – not just flu but even Covid vaccines. I had to make sure they were secure and safe and we loaded them into a cooler and transported them to another clinic so as not to compromise the integrity of the vaccines,” Pena said.

Pena believes the suspects used a dumpster to stay out of sight of his security cameras. They cut a chain link fence and stripped the copper from the electrical wires.

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Crime in the area is not new to Pena. He told us his work vans and building had been vandalized with graffiti. One man even relieved himself on his front door during the night. This most recent crime is also not the first of its kind.

“Three weeks ago they came to cut this box and my camera captured them. They brought a ladder. Believe it or not, they had a ladder,” Pena said.

Pena has contacted SAPD and the District 5 Councilwoman to see if they can add patrols to the area. As for the suspects, we are still awaiting the return of the police.

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