AT&T offers reward for copper thieves downing phone lines



ATLANTA - AT&T said copper thieves are cutting off phone and Internet service to neighborhoods faster than crews can repair the damage.

People in the Linkwood Road neighborhood in northwest Atlanta have been without cable and Internet since Friday.

Residents told Channel 2’s Eric Philips that they have seen men late at night who they thought were AT&T crews working on the lines, only to find out later they were thieves.

AT&T said copper thieves have cut the lines on Linkwood Road twice in one week. Many of the people left without phone and Internet service are senior citizens.

“And they have paid their dues. So why should they have to suffer? This should be the years that they’re relaxing, comfortable. Don’t take from them,” Neeka Arnold, the daughter of a resident, said.

AT&T officials said they are frustrated and taking action because the problem is widespread and growing quickly. They said the moment they get one area back online, thieves strike somewhere else.

AT&T is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who are cutting the lines for copper.

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