Tired of driving over potholes during treks through your neighborhood? Just move to Jackson, Miss., where a man known as the “pothole Robin Hood” is under police investigation for stealing city-owned asphalt and using it to fill in potholes without authorization.
The man, who goes by the alias “Ron Chane,” willingly admits that he repairs Jackson’s potholes with asphalt, ABC News reports. He marks each repaired street blemish with the message “citizen fixed.”
"It's sort of like Robin Hood. Once we saw that people were appreciating what we did, we went out again and made a goal of fixing 100 potholes. We've actually filled 101 potholes, so our mission has been completed," Chane told ABC News.
"Jackson is like any other state capital, but we've got a big infrastructure problem," Chane added. "It's hard to have a good city without good infrastructure, and our city simply does not have the budget.”
The “pothole Robin Hood” may be a local hero, but the Jackson Police Department isn’t thrilled with his efforts. Authorities are investigating the manner in which Chane obtained the asphalt, and are considering whether or not to press charges, ABC News reports.
"This is all still under investigation. We're just trying to get more information," Jackson police officer Colendula Greene told ABC News. Meanwhile, Chane insists that he isn’t doing anything illegal. "We're not trying to be thieves, or steal from the city," the pothole Robin Hood said. "We're just trying to put the asphalt to use."
In a statement to ABC affiliate WAPT, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba condemned Chane’s actions. "We do not accept any use of the city's resources without going through the proper legal channels," the statement said. Ironically, Lumumba’s mayoral platform included a pledge to repair and develop Jackson’s streets, ABC News notes.
Jackson residents acknowledge that potholes are a serious problem in the city. "The potholes are pretty widespread in all areas of the city. They make cracks in the streets, which are already crumbling," local homeowner Zachary Boozer told ABC News. "We've also got sinkholes. People have been falling in them. A car fell in one too."