Published: Mar 03, 2011 5:24 PM EST
Updated: Mar 03, 2011 2:24 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public if they saw anything that might lead to the arrest of copper thieves who stole 3,270 feet of wire from seven newly installed lite poles on Midway Boulevard.

CCSO received a call Wednesday at 10:34 a.m. from a representative of the company that installed the new street lights along Midway Boulevard in that construction zone. He reported that someone got into the junction boxes at the base of the new poles, cut the copper wire and pulled them out from underground conduit.

The lights were disabled on Midway Boulevard, from Kadar Street, eastward toward Harbor Blvd.

Deputies checked with neighbors in that area who said the new street lights went out around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies report an ATV or golf cart may have been used to pull the copper wiring out of the conduit.

Cost of the copper wiring was set at $2,289 plus labor to reinstall new wiring. That part of Midway Boulevard is still under construction widening from two to four lanes and installing new bridges.

CCSO detectives are asking if anyone has information or witnessed something related to the copper theft, to please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).