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Street Lights Stripped of Wire For $

Copper Wire
Copper Wire

Highway lights and street lights are worth a whole lot more than a bright light to shine on the street to guide you home. 

The copper wires inside are worth a little bit more to thieves posing as highway workers trying to make an extra buck.

A couple agencies throughout the Wabash Valley have been working together to put a stop to this dangerous trend but police say more than $200,000 worth of highway lighting wire has already been stolen in Crawfordsville district alone.  Copper sells at $3 per pound. 

It doesn’t sound like a lot but to put it all in perspective just 1,000 pounds could be worth around $3,000.

If you happen to see anyone along a highway or the interstate stretching and pulling wires, report them to the police.

It takes close to a week and a half for these light poles to get back in working order to light your way home.