School Officials: Recent Thefts Won't Affect Friday Night Lights

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Washoe County School District officials say a recent rash of copper wire thefts at several local schools will not affect Friday night football games.

Steve Mulvenon with the district says crews have been working at all of the affected schools to ensure that all games go on as scheduled.

Thieves have struck at Damonte Ranch; North Valleys; and Spanish Springs High School as well as Van Gorder Elementary on two separate occasions.

Authorities say thieves are cutting copper wiring used to light school parking lots and football fields and then re-selling the materials at recycling centers.

Copper fetches as much as three dollars a pound in some places.

Anyone with any information on these incidents is urged to contact Secret Witness at 322-4900.