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Copper thieves disrupt communications in McDowell County

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Thieves steal 2500 feet of copper cable from the Davy area of McDowell County. Thieves steal 2500 feet of copper cable from the Davy area of McDowell County.

MCDOWELL COUNTY (WVVA) Administrators with Frontier Communications say copper thieves stole nearly 2500 feet of cable in the Davy area.

The theft disrupted communication service to local residents. Frontier General Manager Mike Swatts says it also put residents at risk. "Frontier customers depend on their telephones to stay in contact with family, friends and emergency responders. Copper thieves again have demonstrated their disregard for their communities when they steal this essential cable for their own gain," says Swatts.

Crews are working to restore service.

Swatts is urging people to come forward with any information that may help law enforcement prosecute the offenders. He says people can leave anonymous and confidential tips to Frontier security staff at the number 1-800-590-6605.

“We encourage anyone with information about this theft of copper cable and others like it to contact local law enforcement authorities or call our toll-free hotline. We appreciate that law enforcement and the judicial system in southern West Virginia are focused on addressing a problem that poses such a threat to the health and safety of entire communities," says Swatts.

Swatts says three local residents were convicted in McDowell County for copper thefts last year.

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