Nebraska State Patrol says copper thieves target I-80 streetlights

Thieves target streetlights along Interstate 80, severing copper wire and leaving dozens in the dark Nebraska State Patrol said it was costing the state thousands and causing serious safety issues along the route. Several streetlights along the I-80 corridor can be seen with the bases open and severed wires hanging from them. Dozens of streetlights along I-80 and Highway 75 were targeted by copper thieves, leaving much of the road in the dark. “I know the last flight was four and it was a So it could be more than 10 at a time,” Nebraska State Patrol captain Matt Sutter said. The amount of wire they take and the small amount they’re going to get selling this for scrap pales in comparison to the actual damage and rewiring everything,” Sutter said. In fact, it’s costing taxpayers a pretty penny. NSP said no only the su spect cut the wire to the lights, but also pull the conduit underground, which increases repair costs.”I would say we’re probably well over $100,000 at this point,” Sutter said. is primarily along the south side of Interstate 80 between 84th and 60th Streets and on Interstate 75 near Chandler Road. Sutter said they are requesting home and work surveillance video to track the thief and sent out patrols during the night. "If you find yourself on the au driving late at night you see a vehicle parked where it shouldn’t be, contact 911 or call the NSP office,” Sutter said. Also, not lighting the roads is a big safety risk. They hope they can make an arrest soon. “We want to make sure we can stop this so we don’t put motorists at risk, we don’t put construction crews at risk,” Sutter said.

Thieves target streetlights along Interstate 80, cutting copper wire and leaving dozens of people in the dark.

The Nebraska State Patrol said it was costing the state thousands of dollars and causing serious safety issues along the causeway.

Several lampposts along the I-80 hallway can be seen with the bases open and the severed wires dangling.

Dozens of streetlights along I-80 and Highway 75 were targeted by copper thieves, leaving much of the road in the dark.

“I know the last flight was four and it was one of the smallest. So there could be more than 10 at a time,” Nebraska State Patrol captain Matt Sutter said.

NSP said copper thefts are nothing new, but attacking lights is.

“It’s a pretty big problem. The amount of wire they’re taking and how little payment they’re going to get selling that for scrap pales in comparison to the actual damage and rewiring everything,” Sutter said.

In fact, it costs taxpayers a pretty penny. NSP said that the suspect not only cut the wire of the lights himself, but also pulled the conduit underground, which increased the repair costs.

“I would say we’re probably well over $100,000 at this point,” Sutter said.

It’s mostly along the south side of Interstate 80 between 84th and 60th streets, and on Interstate 75 near Chandler Road.

Sutter said they were requesting home and work surveillance video to track the thief and sent out patrols overnight.

“If you find yourself on the freeway late at night and see a vehicle parked where it shouldn’t be, contact 911 or call the NSP office,” Sutter said.

Also, not lighting the roads is a big safety risk. They hope to be able to make an arrest soon.

“We want to make sure we can stop this so we don’t put motorists at risk, we don’t put construction crews at risk,” Sutter said.

Bonny J. Streater