Reward of up to $30,000 if you can help investigators find vandals who are cutting cable across Harris Co.

They're cutting cables in the north and east part of town
November 20, 2013 2:13:36 PM PST
Vandals are on the loose, wanted for damage that could threaten people's lives. They've cut fiber optic cables and some people haven't been able to call 911.

The vandalism has happened mostly at Comcast locations on the north and east sides of town. Each incident affected thousands of people.

There is a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case, not only because each incident has left 50,000 to 60,000 people without cable and internet, but because the disruption to the phone service leaves people without a way to call 911 in an emergency.

Crime Stoppers and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia held a news conference on Wednesday to ask for information. In the last two months, the fiber optic cables have been cut at six different stations from Cypress on the northwest side to Highlands on the east side.

Investigators say it's worrying, because so many people are left with no service for the 6 to 8 hours minimum it takes to repair the cables.

"These fiber optic cable lines have no value," said Sgt. Rico Castillo with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "They're not copper. They're not a metal theft. They have no resale value other than the intent to disable communications."

Comcast provides home security systems, too, and those systems also go out when the cables are cut. The vandals are not stealing anything, just cutting the cables and there's no word on the motive. It leaves Comcast customers vulnerable.

If you know anything about this case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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