Verizon has announced a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals behind the recent spate of theft and vandalism of the company’s network infrastructure in Bucks County.
Over the past few months, the company has reported it suffered significant damage to its telecommunications equipment, including pedestal boxes, copper, and fiber-optic aerial cables.
The telecom giant reported that several hundred feet of copper and fiber-optic cables were cut and stolen, causing considerable service interruptions and public safety issues for its customers.
The incidents have also led to substantial financial losses for the company and local communities.
“These criminal acts have caused significant service delays and public safety concerns for Verizon customers and thousands of dollars in damage to local communities,” Verizon stated.
The company is urging anyone with information about these crimes to contact the Verizon Security Control Center at 800-997-3287, and select option 3. Verizon also advises residents to immediately report any witnessed acts of vandalism to the Bucks County dispatcher at 215-340-8770 or Pennsylvania Crimestoppers at 1-800-472-8477.
Verizon has also reported similar vandalism and theft in Somerset County and Monroe County.