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Officials said stolen copper wire causes dangerous situation

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SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

Copper thieves have struck again and left the city of Shawnee stuck with the bill after they managed to swipe thousands of feet of copper wire.

A stretch of Midland Drive will be dark because the copper wire providing power to the light poles was stolen. About 3,000 feet of wire worth about $9,000 was taken.

Shawnee police said the thefts took place between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday, when there was little to no traffic on the road. They said it was at least a two-person job because of the amount of wire stolen.

Police also said whoever did it knew what they were doing. They said the culprits broke into the box, clipped the copper wire and wound it up. The process was repeated at several lights.

Maj. Bill Hisle with the Shawnee Police Department said the problem goes beyond the wire theft.

"Certainly we're talking about a matter of public safety. We rely on those lights to light the streets and help us see at night. It's just a safety issue and the wire has to be replaced in order to get the street lights back on," he said.

The wire thefts are a felony.

If you know anything about the crime, police ask that you call them at 913-631-2150 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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