Friday, September 20, 2019

Thieves Darken Jackson

Copper thieves continue to darken Jackson.  Have you noticed how dark the interstates surrounding Jackson are lately?  Many of the interstate street lights do not work because copper thieves stole the wiring out of the lamps.

MDOT Enforcement Chief Willie Huff said it will cost $350,000 to repair broken lights on I-20, I-55, and I-220.  Major interchanges such as Woodwrow Wilson have no lighting.  He said the contract has be be awarded.  Funds for the repairs will be appropriated from MDOT's regular budget. 

Chief Huff said thieves only need boltcutters and a couple of tools.  A thief spots a street light with a footbox in it.  Using the tools, he opens the box and removes the copper wire.  Many poles have wires that serve multiple lamps.  Thus the removal of one wire can cripple a series of lamps. 

Some arrests have been made but this correspondent has been unable to obtain any information from JPD.


Anonymous said...

The bunch that got caught in Clinton had attached the copper wires to their trailer hitch and then took off. They ripped the entire sequence of wires out of the I-20 lights and dragged them down I-20. The thieves were spotted dragging the wires and were tailed until the police apprehended them.

Anonymous said...

Where do you sell copper wire? Somebody has got to be the fence for this stuff. That's who is making the real money. A little detective work will slow this activity.

Anonymous said...

What a sorry bunch of people.

Louis LeFleur said...

If JPD patrolled the interstates around Jackson, this would be less of a problem. I can't tell you the last time I saw a JPD car on I-55 other than for an accident. I'm sure they must be around SOMEtimes, but I haven't seen any, not like the pre-Lamumba days. D*mn interstates are like the Autobahn. If I'm imagining this, someone please call me on it.

Anonymous said...

Several of these light poles had same thing happen in Clinton and canton. Meridian just a few years ago as well. I remember that guy being caught.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the copper thieves are a fan of this youtuber that melts scrap copper and other metals and then pours them into his own molds to make coins and ingots.

Messick said...

Arrests may be made but do the charges stick? I think we know the answer, thanks to the actions of a Soros-backed DA.

Anonymous said...

I wish all of them would tie into some 480, or 720 volt systems and get electrocuted.

A few "crispy critters" might stop some of this crap.

Anonymous said...

So wait, they attached the wires to their truck and just ripped them out of 20 consecutive lights? On a major highway?

Is this a common thing?

Because I know Jackson-bashing is low hanging fruit, but that genuinely sounds like something that only happens in a war-torn third world country, or post apocalyptic fiction.

Anonymous said...

This will not happen in Madison/Ridgeland. At any given time, there are Highway Patrol, Sheriff deputies, and Ridgeland or Madison (city) police officers on duty on Interstate 55. It makes one wonder if this is a heavy crime area, or, are these multiple departments just making money. If it is the latter, we have too many law enforcement officers on the payroll. I always thought the Interstate was the responsibility of Ms. Hwy. Patrol.

Anonymous said...

The real problem is all these Meth heads

Anonymous said...


"At any given time, there are Highway Patrol, Sheriff deputies, and Ridgeland or Madison (city) police officers on duty on Interstate 55. It makes one wonder if this is a heavy crime area, or, are these multiple departments just making money."

The area you refer is not a high crime area for the very reasons you mention.

Highways and Interstates inside municipal city limits are the responsibility of the local law enforcement as well as the MS Highway Patrol.

Anonymous said...

Well put 8:06 AM
You will never see this reported on the mainstream NEWS media.
Yes, Meth heads & other low life is the answer.
Also, the homeless, bums, & shiftless people looking for easy money living in Jackson are another source of the problem.

Anonymous said...

8:50 am Thanks for the morning laugh.

Someone actually believes Soros or any other billionaire would waste money backing a DA candidate in Mississippi.

Tell Bigfoot, I said, " Hi"

Anonymous said...

It's not your imagination, 8:28. JPD used to patrol the interstates regularly when I moved here in 2000. There was always a JPD patrolman running radar on I-20 at Ellis and at N. State exit, everywhere on I-55 N, and I-220 at US 49 back in the old days. I'm not sure why they stopped - maybe they are too understaffed to run it as often now.

Anonymous said...

You are either a disingenuous leftist or you
must be new here. JJ reported that Soris connected entities contributed a lot of money in Mississippi during this election season.

Anonymous said...

Another reason to continue the move of all State offices to Rankin County.

Messick said...

Anonymous 10:02 AM,

Do your research. He dropped a good bit on RSS's election.

Bigfoot's still asleep and he's quite grumpy until he has that first cup of coffee.


Perpetually Triggered said...

Thieves "darken" are you saying POC stole the copper, and are generally responsible for crime in Jackson??? KF - you better check your implicit racism before the mayor comes after you.

Anonymous said...

Please do move all of the state offices to Rankin county. Please please do.

Be careful what you wish for.

Cynical Sam said...

Cue up Copperline by the great James Taylor.

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Anonymous said...

Why do you need lights on the interstate? It is not like people are camping out in the medians. It is already illegal to drive at night with your lights off. Cut them off and save the wear and tear and the electric bills. If people don't appreciate nice things, don't provide them.

Anonymous said...

While I think that law enforcement officers are heroes the moment that uniform goes on, I have to fault government leaders / administrations at all levels.......We have absolutely no law enforcement patrols whatsoever, and the criminal element knows it.

Anonymous said...

🎶Wood smoke and new moonshine, down on Copperline.
One time I saw my daddy dance, watched him moving like a man in a trance.
He brought it back from the war in France, down onto Copperline.

Anonymous said...

A third of downtown Atlanta, all the way to the airport, was dark twenty years ago when I lived there. Same procedure. It cost millions to replace. Not sure if it's still a problem over there.

Anonymous said...

Is there not a way to make the copper much harder to get out of the box?

Anonymous said...

Third world problems.

Anonymous said...

Jackson has the same problems with desperate drug addicts and homeless that most other urban areas of the country experience. Any public utilities not protected or watched are vulnerable to the hustle. It's a big city problem that Jackson must handle in a big city way. They want to emulate Atlanta and New Orleans for everything else, maybe they should get a little advice about this.

Cynical Sam said...

The JPD coppers are on top of this. They have it wired.

Anonymous said...

Who buys the copper? The Can Man recycling in Jackson or Canton?

Anonymous said...

Shoot them. No one should be around the lights at night and I seriously doubt they are doing this in broad daylight.

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