• Suspected copper thief arrested for targeting highway street lights

    By: Preston Jones


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • TPD arrested Jackie Russell, 48
    • He was allegedly caught stealing about 200 feet of copper wire from Highway 75 street lights
    • The city is working to fix street lights, using aluminum wire and adding anti-theft doors
    • Fixing highway street lights will cost the city about $2 million

    Tulsa police put a man in jail Monday for involvement in thefts that cost taxpayers millions.

    Officers said they caught Jackie Russell, 48, along southbound Highway 75. He allegedly stole 200 feet of copper wire from highway streetlights.

    TPD has battled copper theft along the highway for more than a year, a crime that left many of Tulsa’s highways dark.

    To make theft less attractive, the city replaces the stolen wire with aluminum wiring; engineers also began adding anti-theft doors to the lights.

    The project to turn the lights back on around Tulsa comes with a taxpayer-funded $2 million price tag. 



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