Phone company offers a $5,000 for theft conviction |

Phone company offers a $5,000 for theft conviction

Officials from AT&T announced Friday they are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the thieves who stole 1,500 feet of copper phone cable, interrupting service to hundreds of Nevada county residents.

“Whenever these issues come up we take them very seriously,” said AT&T spokeswoman Vanessa Smith said Friday. “We appreciate the public’s assistance with this.”

Phone service to hundreds of residents east of Highway 20, including the Town of Washington, was interrupted Wednesday night when thieves cut and stole 1,500 feet of copper cable near an access road to a hiking trail near the Five Mile House on Highway 20.

Smith said phone service was completely restored to hundreds of effected residents by 4 p.m. Friday.

The phones at the Washington Hotel on Washington Road were up and running Friday morning after a day without service, said the man who answered the hotel’s phone Friday.

“Residents in Washington were able to reach AT&T to report the loss in service,” said Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Hughes Friday.

An AT&T crew repaired most of the damaged and stolen lines Thursday night.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the AT&T Northern California Security line at (925) 543-8000. The deadline to report for the purposes of receiving the reward is August 1. The $5,000 may only be claimed by one person, Smith said.

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