Copper theft kills phone service east Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Several people in east Birmingham have been contacting FOX6 this week with concerns about their phone service.

It is happening in the neighborhood near Kimberly Avenue. Those who live in the area say they are most concerned about what to do in the case of an emergency since many of the residents do not have cell phones.

AT&T spokesperson Sue Sperry says thieves cut down and stole several telephone cables thoughout the week while looking for copper. Sperry says it is hard to give an exact number, but she estimates that these crimes cut service to possibly hundreds of customers for several days.

Phone customer Aaisha Muhammed contacted FOX6 to help her find out what happened.

"I don't see any trucks working on anything in the neighborhood working on any line," said Muhammad. "It's a travesty to have phone service off all this time."

AT&T is asking for the public's help in solving these crimes. If you see anyone working on a phone line who is not wearing an AT &T uniform and without an AT&T truck nearby call police.  

AT&T is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of these criminals.

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