Sussex Gang rips out a kilometer of buried phone cable
Hundreds of people were left without their landline phone service for nearly 48 hours after thieves stole 1km of copper cabling.
BT said telephone services to up 800 homes and businesses in Berwick were restored on Thursday evening.
The estimated cost of repairing and replacing the cable was £45,000.
Officers believe thieves posing as workers wearing uniforms or high-visibility jackets used a vehicle to pull the cable out of the ground and take it away.
Pc Thomas Stallard said: “Manholes running along the side of the road were used to access the cables and it appears the grass over some of the manholes was dug up to reach the sealed covers.
Dedicated thievery. Who says people aren’t willing to work hard, anymore, eh?
BTW – Since the lubricant utilized to pull the cable into place – remains after installation – it helps folks remove the cable, as well.