Indiana State Police: Scrap metal thieves targeting highway light poles

December 11, 2013 3:41:46 PM PST
Scrap metal thieves are putting drivers at risk and costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

That's the message Wednesday from the Indiana Department of Transportation and the state police. They say thieves are stealing the wiring from light poles along Indiana highways. Then the lighting doesn't work and the wires have to be replaced. Over the last two years, that has cost taxpayers $300,000 just in Northwest Indiana.

"So we're really trying to empower the public to help be our crime stoppers. If you see anything on the roads its very simple, all we're asking you to do if you see somebody near these lighting poles call 911 or Indiana State Police," said Matt Deitchley, INDOT Northwest Indiana district.

State police and INDOT crews have stepped up patrols in some of the areas hardest hit by these thieves.


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