Thieves who targeted multiple light poles operated by the Utah Department of Transportation along Interstate 15 hauled off with the single largest amount of copper wire in the department's history.
The thefts were discovered sometime last week, according to UDOT spokesman John Gleason. In all, between 30,000 and 35,000 feet of wire from 11 junction boxes along a mile-long stretch between 1000 North and 1800 North were ripped from the poles, darkening that stretch on the main artery. Gleason said it would cost about $50,000 to replace it all.
Junction boxes are located on the ground along I-15. The thieves smashed holes in the boxes and accessed the wires running to the light poles.