Copper thieves knock out phone service in Dexter

The Associated Press /

Published Aug 21, 2013 at 05:00AM

EUGENE — Some homes and businesses in Dexter lost phone service after thieves disguised as a road crew stole several hundred feet of telephone cable containing copper wire from a line near Highway 58.

“They were trying to make it look like, ‘nothing suspicious going on here,’” a Chevron gas station and mini-market employee told The Register-Guard newspaper. The gas station employee, who declined to be identified, said the two suspects bought items at the store Sunday morning, and sheriff’s deputies are aware that surveillance cameras captured images of the men.

Lane County sheriff’s Sgt. Steve French said the men traveled in a red Ford diesel truck.

Phone provider CenturyLink said legitimate technicians drive vehicles and wear clothing that display official logos. Crews handling roadside repair jobs carry safety equipment, including vests, orange cones and traffic signs.