Copper Thieves Stealing Electrical Wires In Gary, Ind.

GARY, Ind. (CBS) – Thieves have climbed utility poles and cut live electrical wires in order to steal some 600 pounds of copper.

Copper has always been a target of theft but utility officials in Gary say thieves are now climbing to a new level to score the hot commodity. So far, thieves have hit 15 locations since Sunday, and now the Northern Indiana Public Service Company is asking for help to catch the culprits.

NIPSCO says the thefts are dangerous and also an inconvenience to residents in the area because their service is interrupted. 

Carl Hutchinson says his wife’s health was jeopardized early this week when a thief hit their lifeline to power. She is on oxygen 24 hours a day with two daily breathing treatments, and both machines require power. 

Carl says NIPSCO reacted fast to his emergency call to restore his power but believes this is an inside job, or maybe someone who previously worked for the utility, “who knows how to go up that pole and clip those wires without getting burned up.”

Copper is worth about $4 a pound and there has been an estimated 600 pounds stolen. This leaves NIPSCO out about $2,400. Police officials are asking scrap yards and pawn shops to notify them of any large copper sales.

  • The Cryptojournalist

    Oh, Gary. Striving to be East St. Louis. Wish I were kidding



  • Curious George

    “These folks” are use to climbing things.

  • Jack Schmidt

    This is desperation. We need to bring back the CCC and the WPA—anybody who needs a job could simply sign up and start working to repair our broken infrastructure. However, all we get are screams of TAX CUTS and the red herring arguments DEFICITS. I ask, now that we have had 15 years of tax cuts, where are the jobs? Hello Tea Party?


      You don’t know jack,Jack Schittt. The low lifes have been stealing the water lines out of the houses in the hoods for years now,it’s a way to get some easy money with out really working for it.Heck they are even stealing the sewer manhole covers.This isn’t because of the economy this is because of the low lifes having no morals or work ethics.Your blame on the tea party is desperation,wise up and pay attention to what is really going on Jack!

  • Jeff

    It is what you want it to be, not what it is….racist lowlife

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