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Verizon Service Restored After Cables Stolen

About 480 customers' service went out over the weekend after thieves cut down and made off with two cables in a job that the company said required timing and the right equipment,

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DURHAM, N.C. — Verizon crews restored service Monday to all Durham customers who were cut off when thieves cut down two cables. The disruption left about 480 customers without landline, cell phone and Internet services.

Thieves took aerial cables from Hopson Road and 1014 S. Hoover Road between late Friday and early Saturday – a task that required timing and equipment.

“We think it was a situation where they knew what they were doing,” said Bob Elek, a media-relations manager for Verizon.

Elek also said he believes someone stole the cables to sell the copper.

"You know, copper thefts, unfortunately, have become a little more common these days since the value of copper has gone up,” he added.

The theft of the Hopson Road cable affected about 80 working connections, while the loss of the Hoover Road cable impacted about 400 working connections, including those in the Wellons Village area, near N.C. Highway 54.

The repair to the Hoover Road cable required Verizon to find 730 feet of a specialty cable, Elek said. The cable was driven in from a location about 90 miles away.

The Hopson Road cable was more easily replaced, because it was of a common variety.

Durham police said they have alerted scrap metal companies along the East Coast. They want those companies to be on the lookout for anyone who might be trying to sell those types of cable.


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