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Culprits sought after MBC fiber optic cable is shot out

SoVaNow.com / December 06, 2017
Mid Atlantic Broadband (MBC) is offering a $5,000 reward as police continue to look for the persons responsible for shooting down an overhead fiber optic cable on New Liberty Church Road near Clarksville.

The vandalism happened after dark Monday, Nov. 20.

The damage caused by the bullet knocked out telephone and other services to residents living in the area for more than a day while linesmen with MBC repaired the line. This was the second time in three months someone has shot a bullet into the cable at that location.

Police and officials with MBC will not speculate on whether the shooting was intentional or accidental. But the timing of both incidents — Sept. 23 at around 12:30 a.m. and Nov. 20 around 6:30 p.m. — make it unlikely that the damage was caused by a stray hunter’s bullet.

Following the most recent occurrence, MBC issued the following statement:

“You see them everywhere — black cables attached to poles that run along the roadside. Although they look nondescript, these cables play an important role for the infrastructure of your community. Damaging one of them creates issues for the company that owns the cable and the customers who rely on the services, and can cause a blow to the finances and criminal record of the person who caused the damage.

“Recently, there have been two incidents in Mecklenburg County in which gunshots caused damages to aerial fiber cables. Both incidents occurred on New Liberty Church Road (Route 783) east of the town of Clarksville. The first incident occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 26, shortly after 12:30 a.m. The second incident occurred on Monday, Nov. 20, around 6:30 p.m.

“These pulls of the trigger, whether deliberate or accidental, caused thousands of dollars in damage to the fiber in addition to loss of critical service time to customers on the network. The person responsible for this damage is personally and could be liable for the repayment of the repair costs and could face time in jail if convicted of intentionally damaging the fiber.”

Anyone with information about the gunshot damage to the fiber cable that occurred on Sept. 26 or Nov. 20 is asked to please report the information to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 738-6171.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the culprit(s).

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