Verizon Offers Up to $10,000 Reward for Information on Copper Cable Thefts in Cecil County, Md.

Verizon is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals responsible for a recent spate of copper cable thefts that have put public safety at risk for hundreds of customers in Cecil County and caused unnecessary telephone service outages.

In recent weeks, thieves have cut and stolen hundreds of feet of copper cable at six locations, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in damages.

"These thefts not only are an inconvenience for customers whose phone and Internet services are disrupted needlessly, but they also remove a vital communications link for people who may not have another way to reach loved ones or emergency responders," said Christopher D. Childs, Verizon's Potomac regional operations president.  "We will not tolerate these deliberate and malicious acts against our communications network and our customers."

Verizon is working closely with state law enforcement authorities to find and prosecute those responsible.

The company urges anyone with information about these crimes to contact the Maryland State Police or Verizon's Security Control Center at 800-997-3287.

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