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Copper thieves rip out 33 miles of copper from I-95 lights, Palm Beach County in dark

 
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Copper thieves rip out 33 miles of copper from I-95 lights, Palm Beach County in dark
sign of the times...

Palm Beach County in the dark, thanks to I-95 wire clippers


ByJennifer Sorentrue
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 8:08 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011

Posted: 6:27 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011



Thieves have cast 33 miles of Interstate 95 into darkness in Palm Beach County by yanking out the underground copper wire needed to power the overhead lighting.

The wire can be sold to metal recycling companies for as much as $3 a pound. State officials say it will cost $200,000 to replace the wiring and install anti-theft devices to prevent thieves from removing it again.

During the past four to six months, state transportation officials say, 18 sites in Palm Beach County have been hit by thieves, who removed 175,000 feet of wire.

"It has been an ongoing problem for a while," said Barbara Kelleher, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Transportation. "It used to be aluminum being stolen. Now it is copper wiring."

The thefts along I-95 are so rampant that West Palm Beach police put out a media release last month urging drivers to call them or the Florida Highway Patrol if they see vehicles stopped near light poles.

The problem isn't confined to South Florida. Traffic officials across the country have reported similar thefts.

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08/30/2011 12:35 AM

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Re: Copper thieves rip out 33 miles of copper from I-95 lights, Palm Beach County in dark
Personally I find this dismantling of infrastructure to be one of the most disturbing signs of the times.
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08/30/2011 10:29 PM
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Re: Copper thieves rip out 33 miles of copper from I-95 lights, Palm Beach County in dark
Personally I find this dismantling of infrastructure to be one of the most disturbing signs of the times.
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08/30/2011 10:39 PM
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Re: Copper thieves rip out 33 miles of copper from I-95 lights, Palm Beach County in dark
Just goes to show the cops patrolling I-95 are either brain dead lazy and stupid or they're getting a cut...
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08/30/2011 10:42 PM
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Re: Copper thieves rip out 33 miles of copper from I-95 lights, Palm Beach County in dark
under Obama's plan the price of metals will necessarily skyrocket.
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08/30/2011 10:46 PM
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Re: Copper thieves rip out 33 miles of copper from I-95 lights, Palm Beach County in dark
I swear to god everyone steals copper. I hear it on the news like every other day.

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