July 24, 2014

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600 feet of wire stolen from steel mill

LORAIN — More than 600 feet of copper wire was stolen from Republic Engineered Products over the weekend, and the thief or thieves may have used a boat as the getaway vehicle.

Police said tracks in a 300-yard dirt trail leading from the East 28th Street plant property to the docks behind it were left by at least three large dollies. Two of the dollies were wheeled and one was a flat bed. The dollies were left in various locations along the trail.

Workers noticed the theft Saturday when a portion of the plant was without power. The power likely had been shut off to allow the suspects to disconnect and remove the wire, police said.

There were no cameras in the area where the theft occurred, and police have no suspects or witnesses.