Police are investigating the theft of copper wire from street lights and a traffic signal in southwest Oklahoma City.
City employees discovered the theft Saturday when traffic signals and street lights were not working on the westbound Interstate 40 service road near S Agnew, according to a police report.
Several light poles lining the service road as well as the nearby Crosstown Boulevard were broken into and the copper wire was ripped out.
Detective Sgt. Jeff White said police have not determined how much wire was stolen.
White, who is the head of the city’s metal theft investigations unit, often works with Oklahoma City metal scrappers to try to track down stolen metal.
“I’ve sent out notifications for them to keep an eye out for this copper,” White said.
Anyone who sells metal to scrap yards is required by state law to present a government ID, allowing investigators to track who sold what.
In the meantime, city crews are working to repair and replace the electrical lines, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.