Vandalism Likely ...

Steven M. Callahan smcallah at
Fri Apr 10 13:00:38 CDT 2009

On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM, Patrick W. Gilmore <patrick at>wrote:

> I didn't see a smiley.
> And I seriously doubt metal recyclers are going 10 feet down into man
> holes, breaking into locked cabinets, cutting _fiber_optic_ cables (not
> copper), and doing it in exactly the right points to cause the most damage.
> But what do I know?
> The average copper thief normally isn't intelligent enough to know the
difference between black PVC clad copper and black PVC clad fiber until they
cut it.

In this area, thousands of feet of fiber has been stolen along with copper,
or left at the scene when the thieves realized it was not copper they had
cut out.

Copper thieves will climb into power substations, risking electrocution, to
steal copper from power companies.  So why would they not go down 10 feet
into a manhole to get copper?


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