Wire stolen from middle school athletic field lights

Wire stolen from middle school athletic field lights
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This is a press release courtesy of Eugene School District

The lights are out at Cal Young Middle School’s athletic fields, thanks to a metal thief who struck earlier this week.

Sometime between Saturday night and Tuesday afternoon, someone cut and pulled out some of the underground wiring that powers the lights. The damage was discovered when participants showed up Tuesday evening for an event at the ball fields and the lights wouldn’t turn on. 

The field at the Arts and Technology Academy at Jefferson was available, so the Tuesday-evening event was relocated across town. The damage should be fixed before other events are affected—the contractor working to repair the damage anticipates that the lights will be functioning again by the end of the day. 

Although the damage will cost thousands of dollars to repair, the stripped wire will garner the thief only a small amount of money.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the theft. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Eugene Police Tip Line at (541) 682-8888.