The Lake County Sheriff’s Department asks the public to help identify a suspect who's been photographed stealing electrical wire from several residential construction sites in Lake County.

Police say the man has been stealing the wire, which can be sold for scrap, at subdivisions that are getting built in west Lake County. 

"The suspect appears to be a white male with thin build and thinning brown hair," the Lake County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. "It is believed that the subject has previous experience with electrical equipment due to the manner in which the materials are removed from the sites."

Anyone who can identify the suspect or who has information about the thefts should call Detective Michelle Dvorscak of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Division at 219-755-3346.

Anonymous tips also can be left at the Sheriff’s Department Report-A-Crime Hotline at 800-750-2746.

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