Thieves steal copper from phone lines

A gang of thieves stole 640 metres of telephone cable from TT&T Pcl in Ang Thong’s Pho Thong district on Sunday and ripped the valuable copper out of it, disrupting the company’s phone service in an entire tambon, Khao Sod newspaper’s website reported.

  • Published: 27/01/2013 at 04:23 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

The telephone line was stolen off eight utility poles located between the 6th and 7th kilometer markers along Khlong Sarai-Don Krang Road in tambon Kam Yard of Pho Thong district in the early morning hours, a duty officer at Pho Thong police station, Pol Capt Wanchart Noonngarm, said.   

Police were called to the scene by Wutthiwat Suwannasorn, chief of TT&T’s Ang Thong office. 

The theft was likely to have taken several hours because the culprits had to cut down the 640 metres of cable attached to the top of power poles and then stripped the line of its copper. No passers-by appeared to have spotted them, Pol Capt Wanchart said.

Damage is estimated at 100,000 baht. Mr Wutthiwat said the theft resulted in all of TT&T's customers in the adjacent tambon of Tha Phra not being able to use their phones. The company’s phone lines have frequently been stolen from tambon Ratch Satit of Chai Yo district, he added.   

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