Thieves steal 1,000 feet of live wire from utility

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary police say thieves stole 1,000 feet of live electrical wires from six utility poles in the city.

Gary police Cpl. Gabrielle King told The Times of Munster the wires were stolen around 3 a.m. Wednesday. She says police were notified after Northern Indiana Public Service Co. crews received calls about street lights being out.

NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer the wires primarily served street lights in the area and other customers were not impacted. He says the thieves risked electrocution.

Police believe the wire was stolen to be sold for scrap for the copper.

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