79
      Thursday
      84 / 67
      Friday
      87 / 66
      Saturday
      85 / 65

      Copper thieves blamed for Cleveland telecom outage

      CLEVELAND (AP) - AT&T says it has restored phone, cable and alarm service to 2,000 Cleveland customers knocked out last week when 750 feet of copper wire was stolen from beneath a bridge.

      The telecommunications company says it was the second major theft of copper cable since April from a bridge that carries state Route 10 traffic over the Cuyahoga River just south of downtown.

      Thursday morning's theft disrupted AT&T service in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood until Monday. The company gave police a damage estimate of $25,000. The copper cables stolen from the same location on April 1 were valued at $100,000.

      Police are investigating both thefts.

      AT&T spokesman Chris Bauer speculates that the thieves are taking the copper to sell for scrap.

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      Information from: The Plain Dealer

      (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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