An enterprising metal thief apparently decided to steal better equipment before going after more copper wire in Milner.
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 of the Langley RCMP.
A man in the truck was using the bucket to access high wires along the road. He stowed them in the truck, and sped away, said Marks.
The affected line appears to 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 watch out for a truck similar to the one pictured above.
If individuals seen lingering around BC Hydro substations or climbing power poles don't seem legitimate, residents can call 911 and report the activity to police, said Marks. Telus employees generally wear hard hats and Telus uniforms, and other utility workers also wear safety gear, and usually drive 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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