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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Press Release - Copper Wire Theft

Press Release Cooper Wire Thefts 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2021

CONTACT: Chief Fred W. Hayes, 815-423-5339, fred.hayes@villageofelwood.com

Copper Wire Theft to Street Lights

Elwood, Illinois – On Monday, April 5th, the Village of Elwood Public Works Department reported a theft at Lloyd Erickson Park 801 N. Chicago Avenue. An unknown suspect broke into the base of several street light poles and stripped out the copper wire. This incident follows a similar report made several weeks ago from Mississippi Avenue and Heritage Drive (eastside of Route 53) were suspects broke into the base of street light poles and removed the cooper wiring.

The Public Works Department is working to repair the damage to the street lights.

Did you know the increase in the price of copper has resulted in a direct increase in the number of copper thefts throughout Will County? Criminals steal cooper wire to sell as scrap metal. Foremost, cooper theft is a deadly problem because it can injure or kill those stealing it and endanger the public. In addition, cooper theft also can cause power outages that can be inconvenient and costly to public infrastructure.

We can't stress enough the importance of reporting suspicious behavior. Sometimes, people are reluctant to call 911 about activity that they feel is suspicious because they believe their call will be a burden or unnecessarily tie up police resources. “We need the public’s help to catch these criminals,” said Chief Fred Hayes. “We encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity in the Village to call 911 immediately. Alternatively, you can report incidents anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-323-6734.”

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