An enterprising metal thief apparently decided to steal himself some better equipment before going after more copper wire in Milner last week.
On Aug. 12, a bucket truck, of the type used to raise workers to trim trees or service utility poles, was stolen from a business in the 19800 block of Fraser Highway. The 1999 Ford F450 was seen later that week, on Aug. 15, on 64th Avenue between Glover Road and 216th Street, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.
The unidentified man in the truck was using the bucket to get access to high wires along the road. He hauled or cut them down, stowed them in the truck, and sped away, said Marks.
The affected line appears to be Telus wire, said Marks. Cutting phone lines can interrupt service for hours or days until repair crews can replace the lines, and can prevent people without cellphones from calling 911.
About 100 feet of wire was taken, a value of just $500.
Police are asking for people to look at a photo of a similar truck, and to keep an eye out for the stolen vehicle. If individuals seen lingering around BC Hydro substations, or climbing power poles, don't seem legitimate, residents can call 9-1-1 and report the activity to police, said Marks. Telus employees will generally wear hard hats and Telus uniforms, and other utility workers will also be wearing safety gear and usually driving trucks with company logos. In addition, there will be safety cones around their vehicles which will either be logoed or have a vehicle number for identification, said Marks.
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