Thieves have again targeted Department of Transportation property to steal valuable wire.
Someone pulled the wire that provides the lighting for the Washington State Patrol scale house on State Route 7 near Spanaway on July 1, transportation officials reported.
The State Patrol maintains the site but the land is owned and operated by DOT.
Officials report this incident is the 95th reported wire theft in the Olympic Region since December 2006. That region covers Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson and Mason counties.
Transportation crews half spent $500,000 to repair and replace stole wire.
Officials encourage anyone who spots suspicious activity to call 911. Anyone with information on wire theft is asked to call the State Patrol’s tip line at 1-866-976-WIRE.