(Received 12 March 1973; accepted 2 April 1974)
Published Online: October
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The theft of electrical equipment often involves the cutting of attached wires to expedite removal of the equipment. This situation presents the investigator with the problem of determining that wire segments attached to stolen articles were at one time joined to wire segments at the site of the theft. The usual approach taken by the forensic scientist is to effect an identification by demonstrating a physical match between the cut ends of the wire segments. Other methods utilized to compare cut wire segments include quantitative comparison of trace elements by neutron activation analysis [1,2] and by emission spectrography .
Supervising criminalist, Office of the Sheriff-Coroner, Martinez, Calif.
Managing criminalist, Salinas Regional Laboratory, Salinas, Calif.
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