I talked to Trooper Brandy Kessler, a public information officer with the Washington State Patrol, about the theft of copper wire from along roadways. She said most of the thefts are the result of methamphetamine addicts looking to score more drugs.
"It’s the methheads who need their fix," she said. "They steal copper wire and other equipment and sell it to get money to buy meth."
She urged anyone who sees something suspicious to call it in.
"If they see somebody at a lightpost and they’re not in a marked car, it’s probably someone stealing equipment," she said. Plus, unless there’s a power outage, workers don’t work in the middle of the night when the wire is stolen. So call it in – even if you think it’s DOT working."