Authorities are looking for the thieves who made off with several hundred feet of aerial cable, disrupting telephone and Internet service to Verizon customers in parts of Durham.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the largest cable was cut down from a utility pole on Hoover Road off Angier Avenue in east Durham Saturday morning. Verizon spokesman Bob Elek said about 730 feet of a cable about as big around as a baseball bat was stolen.
Elek said that cable served about 400 connections and would take the longest to repair. He said the other cable was stolen south of Hopson Road, which runs through Research Triangle Park near N.C. 55. It was smaller and served about 80 connections.
Worldwide demand for metals such as copper has driven up the price in recent years, creating an incentive for thieves who target pipes and wires from construction sites, air conditioning units and other places.