Someone's turning out the lights in Baltimore to sell them for scrap

Nov 28, 2005 | 02:06 PM | Paul Schaffer

The disappearance of government-owned roadside aluminum, an expensive nuisance that has afflicted several parts of the world, has now reached Baltimore.

City officials are publicizing the problem because they presume that the missing streetlights are destined for scrapyards some distance away. A city ordinance requires local recyclers to record the identity of scrap sellers.

The tally of missing poles has reached 130 in the two months since the thefts started. The scrap value of the 250-pound poles is close to $100, officials said, while the replacement cost is $750, not including installation expenses.....

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