Officials debate whether stealing asphalt to fix potholes was a crime

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Police in Jackson, Mississippi had not yet decided whether to file criminal charges against a man who admitted to taking asphalt from the city to fix potholes himself.

ABC News reports Ron Chane says he has fixed more than 100 potholes in streets, with asphalt he took from the city.

Chane considers himself something of a modern-day Robin Hood, saying his deeds simply help out a city with a limited budget and inadequate infratructure.  He said requests for pothole repairs were backed up and not met in a timely manner.

He said theft is not the goal; putting the asphalt to good use is their purpose.

“We’re sending a message that as citizens you have to sometimes take matters in your hands, in a creative and constructive way,” Chane said.