State Police: Need Help Finding Copper Thieves

If you take the interstates in Kentucky at night, you may have noticed it has been quite a bit darker than usual. That’s because thieves are stealing copper wire from lights poles along the interstate.

Kentucky State Police said over the past four years, copper thefts have cost the state over $2 million dollars.

In 2014, there have been 37 different thefts throughout the state, most of them along I-64 or I-75.

State police said the thefts usually happen between midnight and 4 a.m., but beyond that, they don’t know exactly the thieves are pulling off the heists.

At a press conference on Monday, state police asked for the public’s help to get the thieves behind bars.

The state’s transportation cabinet is offering a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for the thefts.

Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet Acting Inspector General Mike Duncan said these thefts aren’t just a safety risk, its costing taxpayer’s money.

State police say if you see anyone who looks suspicious or a work crew that just doesn’t look like they belong; call 800-222-5555. KSP said tipsters can choose to remain anonymous.

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