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Copper wire thefts along South Shore line reported

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The NICTD Transit Police is investigating multiple thefts of copper wire from the South Shore commuter line in Pine Township and LaPorte County.

According to police, sometime between Thursday and Sunday thieves stole copper wire from four locations along the line between Beverly Shores and the county line and from two locations between Royal Road in Michigan City and C.R. 400W in Springfield Township.

The wire in question is a one-inch thick strand of smaller copper wires wrapped in a thick black insulation casing, police said. “Thieves will normally remove the casing by burning or cutting it off, then sell the wire to local scrap yards.”

Missing wire causes train signals to go red and certain rail joints to electrically burn, resulting in delays to morning rush-hour passenger trains.

“The cost of repairing the damages is enormous but the risk of being electrocuted or struck and killed by a speeding train is very real,” Transit Police Chief Bob Byrd said.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call the NICTD Transit Police at (219) 398-6000. All information provided is kept confidential.



Posted 9/20/2012