copper theft

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A couple is facing prison time after pleading guilty to stealing copper wire from lighting systems along Kentucky highways, causing millions of dollars in damage. 

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky State Police have joined forces to combat the rising number of copper wire thefts from highway lights.

The KSP are offering up to $2,500 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction. These incidents have cost taxpayers at least $2,000,000 in just the last four years. 

KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd says there’s more to the issue than just money.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department is looking for suspects after $41,000 in copper and other metal was stolen from the county’s new career and technology center. Detective Will Coursey says the Hopkins County School District reported the items missing last week.