New Castle News

April 4, 2013

Verizon offering cable theft reward

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Verizon wants to know who has been stealing copper telephone cables in Lawrence County.

The communications company is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those people.

The thefts, which occurred this year in New Bedford and New Castle, have put public safety at risk for hundreds of customers and have caused unnecessary telephone service outages, according to a company-issued statement.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been three incidents in Lawrence County, causing thousands of dollars in damages and unnecessary telephone service delays for hundreds of customers, along with risks to personal safety.

Verizon is working with state and local law enforcement authorities to find and prosecute those responsible, the statement noted.

The incidents in Lawrence County were:

•A theft of 175 feet of aerial cable was cut and stolen from poles on Evergreen Road in New Bedford Jan. 18. Two customers were out of service because of the cable cut and a police report was filed.

•A theft of 350 feet of aerial copper cable was cut and stolen from poles on Evergreen Road Jan. 21. There were 200 customers out of service because of the incident.

•The theft of 500 feet of aerial copper cable cut from a pole on Cherry Street in West Pittsburg March 12. An unknown number of customers were affected.

The company urges anyone with information about any of these crimes to contact Verizon security at (800) 997-3287, or local law enforcement authorities.

The Pulaski Township police can be reached at (724) 964-8891 and the New Castle police at (724) 656-3576.