San Diego County sheriff's deputies say a man was electrocuted while apparently trying to steal copper from a live power line.

San Diego sheriff's homicide Sgt. James Bovet says the man's body was found around 1 a.m. Thursday near a downed line on Highway 76, in the rural northeastern part of San Diego County.

Deputies found a ladder propped against the pole and cutting tools scattered nearby.

The man's body was found nearby after utility workers arrived to shut off the line.

The man has not been identified.