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.