Tuesday, March 12, 2013

$5,000 To Catch Cable Vandal

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Suddenlink is offering a $5,000 reward to whoever brings in the loathesome creature(s) cutting fiber optic lines up and down Humboldt.

Press release:

Suddenlink Offers $5,000 Reward Vandals Cut Fiber Lines Three Times in Last Five Days   EUREKA, Calif. (March 12, 2013) - Suddenlink announced today that it is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for vandalizing the company's local network. 

Anyone with information that might help local law enforcement officials apprehend the responsible parties should contact the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office at 707-445-7251 or that office's crime tip line at 707-268-2539. Fiber lines within Suddenlink's local network have been cut by vandals three times in the last five days. The most recent incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, March 11, disrupting service to approximately 1,000 homes in Scotia and Rio Dell. 

Suddenlink crews repaired that damage and restored service to affected customers early this morning, March 12. The two earlier acts of vandalism occurred Friday, March 8, between 12:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., disrupting service for nearly 2,000 customers in Big Lagoon, Trinidad, Scotia, Ferndale, and parts of McKinleyville and Rio Dell. Suddenlink crews were able to restore service to most of those customers by early afternoon, March 8, and to the remainder by early evening that day.

"We applaud the Humboldt County Sheriff's office for its diligent efforts to investigate these acts of vandalism," said Suddenlink Director of Operations Wendy Purnell, who is based in Eureka.  "We hope this reward will encourage the sharing of information that helps identify the people responsible for these crimes and prevents them from further inconveniencing our customers."

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