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Crime Stoppers for 01/10/08

January 11, 2008 00:00


The Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon State Police, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, is asking for your help in identifying Portland area copper thieves.

On numerous occasions in December 2007 and January 2008, copper wires thefts and damage has occurred to state highway lighting and electrical systems on or adjacent to I-5, I-84, I-205, and the I-205 Bike and Pedestrian path. The suspect(s) generally breaks into the electrical junction boxes and light poles and pulls out the copper wire, leaving the lighting system, ramp meters, and electronic message boards non-functioning.

ODOT is concerned for the safety of the public. If you see any exposed wires near electrical lighting poles or electrical boxes, please do not touch the wires. Call 911 immediately.

Please report any suspicious activity around or near ODOT’s electrical systems on highways or bikepaths.

CALL 911 and tell them you are calling regarding ODOT’s copper thefts if you notice any suspicious persons or suspicious vehicles around any of the following areas: • Near light poles or electrical devices adjacent to highways or bike paths • Near large metal cabinets adjacent to ramp meters or other light systems • Near ODOT’s large electronic message boards • Persons wrapping or loading electrical wires into vehicles or on bicycles near highways or bike paths • Persons touching, opening, or looking into electrical junction boxes or metal cabinets • Any signs of suspicious stripped wiring insulation (plastic wrap from stripping wire) • Any exposed wires at lights, ramp meters, or message boards • You can also contact ODOT 24 hours a day at 503-731-4652 to determine if persons working in these areas are ODOT employees or contractors.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to the resolution in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you may remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357).


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Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204



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