AT&T is offering a $2,500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the vandalism of AT& T aerial copper telephone cables which occurred recently along Highway 588 and Highway 7 in Letcher County.
“The steady rise in the market price of copper over the last few years and the state of the economy has led some people to extreme measures, including stealing copper cables from houses and telephone poles,” said Cathy Lewandowski, AT& T spokesperson. “ Tampering with phone lines that the public uses to place emergency telephone calls or to request emergency assistance is a serious crime.”
AT&T is working with law enforcement agencies and scrap metal dealers in Letcher County in an effort to catch those responsible for several thefts that have occurred in the past several weeks. The $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of persons involved in the crimes. A reward will not be paid unless an arrest is made. The offer expires May 31.
AT&T urges anyone with information about the thefts to call AT&T Asset Protection at 1 (800) 807-4205 or the Kentucky State Police at (606) 435-6069.
“AT&T is taking this matter very seriously,” said David McFaddin, regional director, external affairs, AT&T Kentucky. “We are working with local law enforcement to ensure that those responsible for the crimes are apprehended and punished.”