Newcastle Police seeking copper wire thieves

February 6, 2015

By Staff

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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 past week that were not using marked Newcastle vehicles, contact Detective Christy Marsalisi at 649-4444 and refer to case 15-026666. You can also submit an anonymous tip at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/police/anonymous_tip.htm.

If you ever see anyone crouched over a metal utility box in a sidewalk or planter strip near streetlights, or noncity 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 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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