Nevada DOT needs help catching copper thieves

| 11/5/2009

In Nevada, the state DOT is appealing to drivers – truckers included – to help them catch crooks that are literally turning off the lights on some interstate highways.

DOT spokesman Scott Magruder told Land Line Now that the thieves are after the copper wiring in the big light poles. The thefts have repeatedly resulted in incidents that darkened stretches of Interstate 80 and U.S. 395 in the Reno area.

Magruder says the replacement wiring that’s used has features that prevent easy removal, but that Nevada may have to resort to putting locks on the light pole access boxes to stop the rash of thefts.

– By Reed Black, staff writer