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OSP Investigating ODOT Copper Wire Theft & Traffic Signal Tampering in Clackamas Area
September 21, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
 
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating this week's recent damage and theft to ODOT property in the Clackamas area near Interstate 205. In one case a signal control box was damaged affecting traffic control signals, and in a second case copper wiring for bike path overhead lights was stolen.
 
On September 19, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., OSP responded to a reported problem with traffic signals in the area of Highway 224 and Interstate 205. The problem was caused after an unknown person(s) got into a locked control box and took relay switches affecting stop signal lights. During the afternoon, ODOT discovered copper wiring running underground between four light poles was stolen along the Interstate 205 bike path near Clackamas. In total, nine 180-foot lengths of copper wire were taken when unknown person(s) cut the wire at the base of the poles and pulled wiring out. The stolen wiring cost approximately $4,000 to replace.
 
OSP and ODOT ask anyone with information regarding these thefts to contact Trooper Travis Neubauer at (503) 731-3020 ext. 471. Anyone seeing similar suspicious activity or tampering with ODOT property should call 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.