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Thieves cutting off power on Kansas City street lights

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Street lights are going dark in the metro, and city officials say thieves are the problem.  The Missouri Department of Transportation says it is because crooks have stripped copper wiring from some of the lights. Street lights are going dark in the metro, and city officials say thieves are the problem. The Missouri Department of Transportation says it is because crooks have stripped copper wiring from some of the lights.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Street lights are going dark in the metro, and city officials say thieves are the problem.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it is because crooks have stripped copper wiring from some of the lights.

MODOT district engineer Chris Redline said the area along Missouri 150 and Botts Road, just south of Interstate 49, is one of at least four locations, or hot spots, targeted in recent weeks by thieves looking to make some quick cash trading in precious metal.

The power was knocked out to more than a dozen street lights in the area. But street lights weren't the only things damaged.

"They go after copper and aluminum, but sometimes they damage our Scout fiber system and that causes other issues as well," Redline said.

Some street lights along the highly-traveled Interstate 35 and Interstate 29 split near the Bond Bridge are also dark.

The thefts not only put drivers safety in question, but they also cost MODOT in terms of repairs and man power.

"We may have up to 10 people working on it at once, just to try to get it done,"Redline said.

MODOT estimates they spent over $100,000 on repairs. They plan to use surveillance video and monitoring equipment to try to cut down on thefts in the future.

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