Copper theft investigation

        Indiana State Police are investigating the theft of  copper wire near the Greene/Sullivan County line.

        It happened between midnight and 8-am on Friday’s date, May 31st.  A 1000 foot wooden spool of copper wire was taken from the railroad tracks at State Road 54 just west of the Greene/Sullivan line.   The spool has the name “Okonite” on it and has a black coating with white wrap and measures an inch to one-and-a-half inches in diameter.  It weighs 2000 pounds and is valued at $8000.

        The suspect is believed to have backed up to the railroad tracks, tied a chain to the spool and dragged it out onto the highway. There are gouge marks in the road to show the spool had been drug east and then loaded onto a trailer.

        Anyone with information can call the Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville at 1-800-742-0717.  All information can remain anonymous.