AT&T rep catches copper thieves in the act
Published 7:59 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019
Three Vicksburg residents have each been charged with grand larceny and felony malicious mischief in the reported theft of about 80 feet of AT&T cable, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.
John Wayne Williamson, 37; Sandy Gaye May, 55; and Kevin Earl Sanders, 35; all of 15 Fog Drive, were being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of bonds of $20,000 each. Pace said the felony malicious mischief charge involves the damage to the cable, while the grand larceny involves the cable theft.
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Pace said the trio was arrested Tuesday after an AT&T representative on his way to answer a call about lost phone service saw them on U.S. 61 near the LeTourneau community attempting to load the cable into a pickup truck after cutting it from the pole.
“When they saw him, they got into the truck and fled,” Pace said. “The AT&T representative followed them and got a tag number and a good description of the truck and called 911.”
Vicksburg police officers located the truck on Fog Drive and held the trio until deputies arrived.
“The cost of that cable was $1,500,”Pace said. “The cost of restoring phone service to the people in that area will cost thousands.”