WVSP: Copper thieves leave Ten Mile without Frontier service


BUCKHANNON — The Ten Mile area of Upshur County is without Frontier service this weekend after a thief or thieves reportedly stole about 120 feet of copper.

Cpl. T.A. Menendez with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded to Ten Mile Friday after Frontier received notice from customers of outages in the area.
Menendez said Friday’s episode is the latest in a string of about five copper thefts in the county that have happened since summer.

“They are stealing it pretty regularly,” Menendez said. “Every time they do it, the people in the area they steal from is obviously unable to use their phones and it creates an emergency situation.”
Even 911 cannot be called from the landline.

The same thing also happened a couple years ago with a succession of copper thefts.
This time, Menendez said state troopers have tracked part of the copper wiring and aluminum casing that was sold to Jerry’s Salvage in Tennerton.
“An investigation is pending,” Menendez said Friday.

The wiring stolen is 25-pair which is an inch or two inches thick.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the WVSP at 304-473-4200.

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