Verizon is offering a $10,000 reward for info leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for stealing copper wire from utility poles in Taylor Township, Delaware according to the New Castle News.
Police received a report around 1 p.m. Tuesday from a Verizon employee that 200 feet of copper wire were stolen from two poles at 132 Old Chewton Road. The worker said an additional 400 feet of wire had been taken from poles in that area on Saturday, and this was the fourth time someone has stolen copper wire from the poles during the past three weeks. The worker reported the remaining wire remnants have hacksaw marks where they were cut.
A resident of that area told police that he saw a white van go past his house and into a wooded area where two of the poles are located, police said.
Police told the New Castle News they are working with Verizon to investigate the recent wire thefts. Aside from the expense and inconvenience of the lines being down, some of the previous incidents have resulted in a shutdown of CSX and the power plant. This, police said, could have created a dangerous situation for railcars. Anyone with information in regards to these thefts please contact the NCPD at 724-510-0125, or tips can be left on the tip line.
October 9, 2017