Cable theft stories


Backstory: I’ve been in utilities 17 years.

Many years ago I was working for a cable company in Texas. Caller calls in to report cable theft. She tells me a guy on crack is shimmying up a telephone pole to steal cable. He gets almost to the top (what the hell was he going to do when he got to the top?) and falls. The lady gasped. You could hear bones cracking. I put her on hold and call local fire for ambulance. One of the craziest calls.

One idiot stole guy wires thinking the metal is worth money. No scrap yard will pay you FYI.

Some guys thought they were stealing copper wire one time and they hit electric instead. The lineman found the bodies.


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