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Street light wire thefts cost Pierce County $8,865 in repairs

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm with 7 Comments »
June 28, 2012 6:11 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. the government needs to do more to police the scrap yards or lower the value of scrap cooper

  2. MrCarleone says:


    Simon ?

  3. Irritated says:

    Why didn’t they weld the boxes that were untouched first?

  4. hualosman says:

    “the government needs to do more…lower the value of scrap cooper(sic)”

    THe government has absolutely no business whatsoever interfering with th market determined price of copper.

  5. tree_guy says:

    I know. Let’s put a bunch of stuff that criminals like to steal out there where it’s easy for them to get, and then act surprised when it disappears.

  6. johnnywombat says:

    Well, SOMEONE is buying this stuff knowing full well that it’s stolen. I think the COPS should go after THOSE guys! Yes, and extremely SEVERE fines, jail etc. when caught with stolen property.

  7. Unfortunatly as long as the Public is stuck for the cost of replacing the stolen items,you can expect more thievery from the criminals.As long as there is no real punishment for this action,the more you will see this action happening.Many of the crimes that happen should be classified as Felonies and if the criminal is tried and convicted,have to serve at least !0 years in prison.That would probably act as a good deterrent to possible repeat offenders.Then if they were caught doing the same crime again,the sentence would be a manditory 20 years in prison.

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