HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — One of two men charged in connection with a rash of copper wire thefts in northwestern Indiana and neighboring Illinois communities has been sentenced to 6 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 24-year-old Diquan Ray also was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $114,000 in restitution to Cook County, Illinois; Hammond, Indiana; East Chicago, Indiana; and South Holland, Illinois.

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Ray and Jossean Echevarria earlier pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. Echevarria is awaiting sentencing.

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Police say the men were spotted in September coming out of the Cook County Forest Preserve in Calumet City, Illinois. They were arrested with a large amount of copper wire.

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Thefts also were reported from decorative light poles in Hammond, light poles at East Chicago athletic fields and in other communities.