Growing number of cases causes public safety concerns
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt (July 5, 2012) - FairPoint Communications announced it is offering rewards for information leading to arrests and convictions in copper thefts in northern New England.
"This is a real and growing public safety concern," said Marc Lussier, senior manager security for FairPoint. "It can cause loss of service for folks who need emergency services and there is the added concern that an untrained person removing cable could be injured."
Copper thefts are on the rise across the country due to increasing prices for metals. According to the Department of Energy, copper thefts account for almost $1 billion annually.
FairPoint works closely with law enforcement partners in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to investigate the copper crimes. Lussier estimates copper thefts have exceeded $20,000 in Vermont alone this year. The company will offer up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those individuals responsible for these thefts, depending on the severity of the crime.
People are encouraged to call their local law enforcement agency or Marc Lussier at FairPoint, 603.656.8222.
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