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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "State asks for help protecting light-pole wiring from thieves "

From today's Gary Post-Tribine, a story that begins:

They may look like highway workers tending to light poles on the expressway, but it’s also possible they are thieves stealing copper wiring to sell for scrap, officials said Wednesday.

“We really need the public to help us,” Matt Deitchley, Indiana Department of Transportation Northwest District spokesman said Wednesday at a news conference.

“If you see anybody by these light poles, call 911,” he urged. “These thefts are on the rise. These thieves are doing just about anything they can to get these wires.”

The sale of scrap metal is big business, he added.

People wearing hard hats and reflective vests might appear to be working on Interstates 65 or 94, but if motorists see them, they should call police right away. Deitchley estimated the Northwest District has more than 4,000 poles along the highways.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 12, 2013 09:51 AM
Posted to Indiana Government