September 17, 2018-Hammond Police have confirmed that several schools were victimized by the recent rash of wire thefts that have occurred throughout the City. According to a source, Hammond High, Gavit and Clark football stadiums have all recently had copper wire stolen from the lighting. After the theft occurred at Hammond High, school officials moved the football game to Morton and told residents that the game had been moved due to construction. Gavit rescheduled a game and alumni night on Friday according to the NWI Times.
Hammond Police Lt. Steven Kellogg confirmed today that schools have been targets of wire thefts. Lt. Kellogg provided the release issued on August 17, 2018 asking for assistance from residents in catching wire thieves:
The Hammond Police Department is seeking the public’s help identifying and locating copper thieves. “Over the last month, thieves have been stealing wire from inside city decorative light poles. We have had more than ten thefts recently. Some of the hardest hit areas have been Robertsdale and North Hammond but incidents have occurred throughout the city.”
Police are asking residents to be alert and call 911 and inform them immediately if someone is working on or near a light pole. “We believe that suspects may be attempting to blend in and posing to be NIPSCO or other utility workers. By calling the 911, police can respond to the scene and verify that the workers are working on the lights legitimately” the statement reads
“911 operators have been informed of the situation and anticipate a higher call volume.”