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Theft of copper wiring leaves local football teams in the dark


Last updated 9/26/2019 at 10:58am

The Edmonds School District is working closely with the Edmonds Police Department following a copper wire theft incident that left last Friday’s Meadowdale/Lynnwood high school football game in the dark, forcing it to be rescheduled.

On Friday, Sept. 20, the Edmonds School District Stadium lights on the west side of the field would not turn on for a scheduled 8 p.m. football game between the Mavericks and Royals.

“This had to have happened between Thursday night and probably Friday morning, because the lights worked for night time sporting activities Thursday evening,” Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley said. “This is a burglary investigation because the entire area is enclosed by a fence.”

The game was rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21. 

The stadium lights were working Thursday night, Sept. 19, for a girls varsity soccer game.

A week earlier, copper wiring was stolen from the Edmonds-Woodway softball field. The district estimates the total fix for both fields to be between $20,000 and $30,000.

The Edmonds School District Stadium is the home field for district girls soccer and football during the fall. The copper wire theft is having a districtwide impact, and also affecting community groups that use the fields.

The district is working quickly to get the repairs made as soon as possible.


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