Pothole Robin Hood: Man Steals Asphalt, Fixes City Streets Personally

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A man dubbed the "pothole Robin Hood" is under investigation for stealing asphalt from the city of Jackson, Miss., and ... fixing potholes with it in his free time.

Pothole Robin Hood

Ron Chane admitted to ABC News that he not only takes the asphalt and does repairs, he signs the filled-in holes 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, so our mission has been completed. Jackson is like any other state capital, but we've got a big infrastructure problem."

"It's hard to have a good city without infrastructure," Chane added.

"And our city simply does not have the budget for it."

The Jackson Police Department is looking into how Ron Chane got his hands on the asphalt and has not yet made a decision about pressing charges.

Chane says he's not committing a crime: "We're not trying to be thieves, or steal from the city," he said. "We're just trying to put existing asphalt to use."

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumbaba said in a statement, "We do not accept any use of the city's resources without going through the proper legal channels."

Lumbaba, who was elected mayor on July 1, included repairing and developing Jackson's streets in his platform, according to his campaign website.

"Hopefully our new mayor and his administration will be more aggressive in addressing this problem," Chane said. "He's got a tough road ahead."

Literally. Potholes are a disruptive and dangerous problem in Jackson.

"People joke that Jackson is a Six Flags because the roads are so bumpy," resident Zachary Boozer said. "The potholes are pretty widespread."

"They make cracks in the streets, which are already crumbling. And it's not just potholes. We've also got sinkholes. People have been falling in them."

That's why Pothole Robin Hood does what he does.

"We're sending a message that as citizens you have to sometimes take matters in your hands, in a creative and constructive way," Chane added.

"I was approached by the Mississippi Department of Transportation," Chane said, although the MDOT won't confirm that this exchange happened.

"They said that while they do not condone or endorse what we did, they were indeed on the understanding side. They said the asphalt is the people's asphalt."