Copper thieves cut internet access to hundreds of Valley Glen residents

Copper thieves cut internet access to hundreds of Valley Glen residents


Copper thieves cut internet access to hundreds of Valley Glen residents

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Hundreds of residents in Valley Glen had their internet, phone and cable shut off after thieves cut copper-lined catenary wires.

“I noticed that our internet, phone and TV are gone,” said Rhys, one of the many AT&T customers who had their service suddenly cut off. “The first thing I found out was that they cut the wires that were here hanging down.

Thieves pulled off this brazen theft at Burbank Boulevard and Buffalo Avenue twice in two weeks.

“We don’t have phone service, so it’s not good,” said teacher Donna Saidon.

The repairman believed that the copper thieves may have used a nearby tree to raise the pole to cut and cut a piece of cable with more than 1,000 wires inside. Cutting these overhead lines is extremely dangerous.

“Whoever is coming in is very sophisticated,” Rhys said. “These aren’t just some random vandals because they have to have the right tools to make these cuts. They made it so clean.”

The Los Angeles Police Department also said thieves also stole wires from Lankershim Boulevard and Vose Street. AT&T said it is working to restore service after repeated copper thefts.

Each pound of copper can fetch about $2. However, many recycling sites have rules to discourage thieves from cashing out. For example, races will suspend any payment for several days while a police report is filed. They also ask for identification.

Technicians are currently working to restore service as hundreds of frustrated customers are left hoping the thieves won’t return.

“I’d say please stop,” Rhys said.

The LAPD said they are increasing patrols and looking for any security video that could help them identify the suspects.

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