Thief steals power lines from the Arc’s Lights


Early Saturday morning a man stole power lines from the Arc’s Lights and it was all caught on camera. 

In a Facebook post the Arc of Sedgwick County says at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning a man cut and stole power lines which powers its tunnel, Shine tree and mega trees.

“Why would you do that,” asked Kevin Fish, executive director. “Why would you do that to a non-profit organization? Why would you do that clearly to something that means a lot to our community?”

In the surveillance video, you can see the thief pulling the cords and snatching them out of the power box before he takes off. 

“He literally just cut it off the base and tore out the tubing,” Fish said. 

Not much monetary damage was done, but Fish said it could’ve been worse. 

“With that being cut right there, on of our self-advocates that were coming to unlock things could have been electrocuted,” said Fish. 

The lights are back on thanks to the help of generous volunteers. Now, people can continue to enjoy what was meant to support people with disabilities, just in time for Christmas. 

“The lights much like the Arc need to keep shining,” Fish said. “We’re going to makes ure we’re here each and every night.”

A police report has been filed but they are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

If you have any information or recognize the man in the surveillance video, contact the Wichita Police Department. 

You can see the lights for yourself through Dec. 28 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at 2919 W. 2nd St. N

On Dec. 24, the light display will be open until 11:30 p.m.

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