A Gary man was
taken into custody early Monday morning in Burns Harbor and charged with the
theft of lighting wire, the Indiana State Police said.
The ISP identified
the man as James H. Higgason III, 47, and said that investigators used
“contacts, tips, and other technologies” to develop him as a suspect.
According to the
ISP, at 2:30 a.m. Higgason was observed parking his pickup truck at Lakeland
Park--located directly adjacent to the ramp from U.S. Highway 20 to
westbound I-94--cutting the fence, and entering the park. He was then seen
walking through a ditch to get to some light poles, severing the lighting
wires, and dragging some of the wire back to his pickup, the ISP said.
Higgason next drove
his pickup onto the Interstate ramp, where he loaded the remaining wire into
the back of his truck, the ISP said. He was subsequently taken into custody,
transported to the Porter County Jail, and charged with theft.
Higgason at the
time of the arrest was wearing ripped jeans with sweat pants underneath, tee
shirt, and baseball cap.
information about wire thefts is urged to call ISP Det. Brian Kubiak at
(219) 690-0042. Anonymous tips are welcome, the ISP said.
“These wire thefts
are causing many thousands of dollars in damage,” the ISP noted. “As
reported before, these criminals aren’t usually dressed or driving something
marked that would portray them as someone who would be authorized to be in
the area working on the light poles. These criminals usually operate at
night, early morning when it is still dark. Please, if you see something
suspicious, report it immediately to 911.”