Thieves use manhole access to steal 1,200 meters of telephone cable

The theft of 1,200 meters of telephone cable early yesterday morning, the second such robbery in two days, left thousands of people in the State of México without phone or internet service.

The theft took place on Avenida Hidalgo in the municipality of Villa Nicolás Romero, and affected residents of 11 neighborhoods.

Two days earlier, more than 3,000 families in the municipality of Melchor Ocampo, also in the State of México, lost their telephone service after thieves stole 2,000 meters of underground cable.

It appears they used a truck to pull the cable through a manhole, cutting it with machetes and axes before loading it in the truck.

The manhole was located on Avenida Filiberto Gómez, one of the town’s main streets.


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