Telephone Service Lost After Theft

(CHILHOWIE) – Thieves take a thousand feet of telephone cable, leaving hundreds of businesses and residents without phones in Chilhowie.

In all, 300 CenturyLink customers were affected. Video surveillance footage from local businesses shows three suspects in a utility truck stop at a Main Street location. Then up goes a bucket lift to the phone lines above.

The thousand feet of cable falls, the suspects load it into the truck and leave. The price of the copper? Three to four hundred dollars. The cost to fix the phone line? 20 grand. Police are investigating.