Two Men Charged in Theft of 40-foot Light Pole

Light post on Jeep

Police found this 40-foot light pole still tied to a Jeep, shown here, ready to be towed. (Photo: PFPD)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Two men allegedly stole a 40-foot light pole from a construction zone in the area of Western Ave. and Steger Rd. They apparently didn’t hide it well. When police pulled up to the residence, the light pole was still strapped to the top of the Jeep.

Police were dispatched to the area of Western Ave. and Steger Rd. on Tuesday, June 24, in reference to the alleged theft of a light pole. Upon arrival in the area, Officer Thomas Naughton spoke with a witness who related that he observed two subjects in a red Jeep stopped at a construction zone on Western Avenue near Steger Rd. The subjects were allegedly securing a light pole to the roof of their vehicle. The witness followed the subjects as they drove south on Western Avenue to a residence, and called police.

Officer Naughton located the vehicle and observed a 40-foot pole secured to the roof of the Jeep, according to police.

According to police, one of the men, Daniel Nearey, related that several weeks ago, a subject working construction along Western Avenue said he could take the light pole. Nearey said he was going to take the light pole to a scrap yard where he could get $400 for it. Police estimate the value of the pole to be $1500.

Police spoke with a representative from Eldridge Electric, the owner of the light pole, who related that nobody had permission to take the pole. A representative of K-5 Construction also told police that nobody had permission to take the pole.

Daniel P. Nearey, 40, 23745 S Western Ave., Park Forest, and John D. Nearey, 45, 16902 Dixie Highway, Hazel Crest, were arrested on June 24 and charged with felony theft