Whoever stole 4,200 feet of wire that powers six street lights on a Frederickson road cost Pierce County nearly $9,000 in repairs.
A signal technician was doing a routine inspection of street lights June 19 when he discovered someone had unbolted the boxes that hold the wires and removed 3,000 feet.
The wires provided power to six street lights along a half-mile stretch at 38th Street and 192nd Street.
Crews spent the next two days replacing the wiring and welding the lids closed on the junction boxes to keep them secure. When crews came back June 22 to finish the job, they found that thieves had stolen another 1,200 feet of wire.
The wires have since been replaced and all boxes welded shut. The county’s final price tag for the two incidents was $8,865.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the thefts. Tips can be called in to the Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.
Officials said these are the first wire thefts of street lighting in five years. County crews began welding the boxes years ago after periodic thefts.