Police, BGE investigate thefts of lampposts

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Baltimore & Region

October 13, 2005|By RICHARD IRWIN

City police and Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. investigating the thefts of at least 26 lampposts in Mount Washington over the past three weeks say they think that the nearly 20-foot-tall aluminum posts and their lamps have been sold for scrap.

The poles and lamps, owned by the city and maintained by BGE, had a total value of about $39,000, officials said yesterday.

Police said the light poles were removed from the 1700 block of Kelly Ave. and along nearby Bonnie View Drive in the North Baltimore neighborhood between Sept. 23 and yesterday.

Michael Moss, who owns a ship-repair facility and lives in the 1900 block of Kelly Ave., said the wiring where the posts once stood is exposed, indicating to him htat they were pulled down by a vehicle, probably a truck, and hauled away.

He said there are few homes along the wooded stretch of Kelly Avenue where the poles were taken. "I see more and more poles missing every day around here," said Moss, who thinks the thefts occurred at night, when traffic is light.

BGE spokeswoman Linda Foy said traffic cones have been placed where the poles once stood and that electrical power to the missing poles had been turned off.

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