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Thousands of dollars in steel swiped from I-94 construction sites

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KENOSHA (WITI) -- Thieves have targeted construction areas along I-94 in Kenosha, stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of steel-coated dowels.

Three sites have been hit since July 30th and Kenosha Police are asking for your help in apprehending the suspects.

Authorities say 5,000 dowels were taken from one site in late July. On August 5th, 2,400 dowels were stolen from another site off Highway 158. A week later, 400 dowels were taken from the same site, along with parts from a construction vehicle.

The dowels are used in the foundation before concrete is poured. They are bundled together, but can easily be taken out because of their size and weight. The dowels are just a foot and a half long and weigh slightly more than a relay baton.

The investigation into the thefts is ongoing. Officials believe the suspects are working during the overnight hours. If you have any information, Kenosha Police urge you to call Crime Stoppers at (262) 656-7333 or (800) 807-8477.