Police look for witnesses in copper wire thefts

January 28, 2015

By Staff

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NEW — 3:10 p.m. Jan. 28, 2015

The Newcastle Police Department is looking for witnesses, after a copper wire theft caused city streetlights to go out.

Between Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24, suspects stole a large amount of copper wire along Coal Creek Parkway. Thieves entered the electrical panels in the sidewalk and cement barrier to gain access.

The areas hit were at Southeast 81st and Coal Creek Parkway, and multiple locations between Southeast May Creek Park Drive and May Valley Road.

If you saw any activity, such as a truck or people working in the area in the last week that were not marked Newcastle vehicles, contact Detective Christy Marsalisi at 649-4444 and refer to case 15-026666. You can also submit an anonymous tip here.

If you ever see anyone crouched over a metal utility box in a sidewalk or planter strip near streetlights, or non-city vehicles in the area, especially outside of regular city business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), call 911 to have officers investigate the individuals.

Some of the thieves have worn orange utility vests in order to look legitimate. Newcastle employees working throughout the city have vehicles with clear city of Newcastle markings on the sides.

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