In the early morning hours of Aug. 22, a thief or thieves climbed two utility poles in the 1300 block of Curtis Street and stole about 30 feet of co-axial communication cable, said a "Community Advisory" from Berkeley Police Officer Byron White.
"The theft interrupted telephone and cable television service to numerous homes in the surrounding area," the advisory said.
The notice said further:
"According to AT&T, similar incidents have occurred in a nearby city--where witnesses reported seeing a white boom-equipped utility truck with workers wearing hard hats and orange safety vests that appeared to be doing legitimate work.
"Historically, thefts of copper increase along with the increase its price/per pound. As the price of copper currently is on the rise, we must be more vigilant. If you should witness suspicious activity around utility poles and/or utility boxes, please report this to the police department as soon as possible."
The non-emergency number for Berkeley police is (510) 981-5900.
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