Snow fencing stolen near Sunrise ski resort

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By Brad Denny By Brad Denny
By Brad Denny By Brad Denny

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Transportation is reporting that a portion of snow fencing along State Route 273 has been stolen. The thefts occured along a stretch of road near the Sunrise ski resort in the White Mountains.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is conducting a criminal investigation into the thefts of more than 100 of the 16-foot by 12-foot panels. The panels, which are made out of aluminum, may be heading to Valley scrap yards.

Authorities estimate the cost to replace all of the missing snow fences is nearly $400,000.

“We believe the panels were stolen at night, so we could really use help from the drivers traveling on our highways, especially at night,” said ADOT Deputy State Engineer Steve Boschen. “If you happen to spot suspicious activity, don’t hesitate to call the police or 911.”

The panels lining SR 273 from mileposts 377 to 380 are in place to prevent snow from drifting across the highway, which in turn cuts down on closures and road clearing resources. They are primarily located where there aren’t trees to provide a natural wind break, such as along rolling grass hills and other open areas.

Individuals who may have information are encouraged to contact law enforcement at 1-800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463), which can be done anonymously.