Verizon Offers up to $50,000 for Information on Vandals Who Damaged Telephone Cables in Reading, Pa.

Verizon is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the individuals responsible for vandalizing Verizon's copper telephone cables in two recent incidents, putting public safety at risk for hundreds of customers in Reading and causing unnecessary telephone service outages.

Telephone cables under the Bingaman Street Bridge were vandalized on Sept. 16 and again on Tuesday (Sept. 25).  As a result of these crimes, hundreds of Verizon local phone customers have unnecessarily experienced telephone service delays - up to several days in some cases - and endured risks to their personal safety.

"These incidents are incomprehensible because they put people's lives in danger and can cost thousands of dollars to repair," said Jay Beasley, director of operations for Verizon Pennsylvania.  "We will not tolerate these deliberate and malicious acts against our telephone network and our customers."

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

The company urges anyone with information about these crimes to contact Verizon Security at 1-800-997-3287, or local law enforcement authorities. 

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