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Lights on section of I-64 repaired after string of copper thefts

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After months of the lights in one section of I-64 being out in Louisville, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is now working to get those lights turned back on.

KYTC says that between April 2014 and November 2014, 22 lights along I-64 between 22nd Street and the Watterson Expressway were vandalized. Kentucky State Police say Aaron and Cindy Ferguson stole copper from light poles across the state.

“They were actually pulling the wiring and going and selling the copper at salvage yards,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Andrea Clifford.

The investigation of copper wire theft by the KYTC Office of Inspector General coincided with several burglary and vehicle break-in investigations by Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr., and the two agencies teamed up to apprehend the Fergusons.

“The damage that's done to the lighting junction boxes and the underground junction mains is tremendous,” said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer back in December, when the two suspects were indicted.

They were charged with 22 counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition amounting to $500 or more but less than $10,000 and 22 counts of first-degree criminal mischief. Aaron Ferguson was also indicted on 45 counts of being a persistent felony offender, first degree. All 89 counts are Class D felonies, each punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison.

KYTC estimates that the total repair cost across the state will be somewhere near $2 million.

“It's very expensive to replace all of this wiring because it's not like they're just stealing it out of one light pole,” Clifford said.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, no more copper thefts have been reported in the Louisville area since the indictment in December.

One lane of I-64 was closed while repairs were made Saturday.

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