Theft of wire set off RCMP alarms

 

The latest wire theft to hit Langley came in the early morning hours of July 29th, and police are looking for witnesses.

Sometime around 3:30 a.m., a thief or thieves removed Telus phone lines from the area around the intersection of 224th Street and 16th Avenue, said Sgt. Ravi Pawar of the Langley RCMP.

Fortunately, it didn’t disrupt phone service in the area. Telus had already installed fibre optic lines in the region, but hadn’t yet removed their old copper wire.

The thieves took several blocks worth of wire, said Pawar.

The police and Telus officials are now actively investigating the theft.

The RCMP was alerted to the theft while it was still in progress because the line was alarmed. Although officers who responded didn’t catch the wire thieves in the act, they did find some evidence that they hope will lead to arrests, said Pawar.

Anyone who was driving through the area between about 3:30 and 4:15 a.m. and saw any suspicious activity is being urged to contact the RCMP at 604-532-3200, or to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or via www.solvecrime.ca.

Any suspicious activity around utility wires, especially early in the morning, can be called inand reported to the police, said Pawar.

Concerns have been raised many times in the past about wire theft knocking out phone service for rural areas of Langley.

Emergency responders are worried about residents without cell phones, particularly elderly residents, who would lose their access to 911 services until the wires are fixed.

Downed wires can also present a hazard to the public, noted Pawar.

Just Posted

Langley Advance has autographed jerseys, tickets up for grabs

Vancouver Giants are enjoying a great season, and one lucky reader is going to see them play Friday.

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

VIDEO: Langley Rivermen putting bullying on ice

People are invited to paint messages of suport, compassion, and kindness on ice Wednesday night.

Letter: One of Langley’s MPs defends Liberal record on veterans

Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag outlines federal government support to counter criticism.

Langley swimmers qualify for championship meet

A recent competition will send some swimmers to the next level.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Slippery roads didn’t deter runners in the 11th annual Fort Langley marathon

PHOTOS TOO: Most registered runners and walkers came out, despite ice from overnight snowfall.

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

B.C. RCMP officer officially cleared in car wash shooting incident

A report found the Salmon Arm officer fired 14 bullets at the man’s truck

Fallen cedar knocks out Otter area power

Strong gusts of wind caused an entire cedar to split off and crash into power lines

Dawson Creek man, wanted in court, sought by B.C. RCMP

33-year-old Jeremiah Alexander Smith’s vehicle found abandoned near Hope

Aldergrove U18 soccer boys keep on win streak

Aldergrove’s boys prevailed in this game and have a 8 win, 1 tie and 2 loss record

Most Read