The mysterious vandal who is apparently obsessed with Suddenlink struck again early this morning, cutting off service to McKinleyville, Arcata, Trinidad, Big Lagoon and Bayside.
The vandal cut a fiber optic cable at several locations at about 1 a.m. this morning, April 17.
Wendy Purnell, Director of Operations/System Manager for the local Suddenlink, released the following statement:
“Suddenlink fiber-optic cable was cut in multiple locations early this morning in what appear to be further acts of vandalism. We have again contacted the Sheriff’s Department and are offering a $10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible individuals. Our technicians have been dispatched to the damaged areas and are in the process of restoring service. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, are working to restore service as soon as possible, and are supporting local law enforcement in their efforts to stop these crimes.”
The Sheriff’s Office just issued this press release:
On 4-17-2013, approximately 4:15 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of another vandalism to Suddenlinks Fiber Optic Cable that had occurred in the area of Lorenz Lane and Old Arcata Road, Bayside. The damaged cable was cut. The unknown suspect(s) used a culvert pipe to stand on to allow them access to the elevated cable. The suspect(s) are believed to have used a cutting instrument to cut the line. Suddenlink is estimating the damage to the line costing at least $25,000.00 and the line will not be repaired for a minimum of eight to ten hours. Areas affected are Arcata, McKinleyville, Trinidad and Big Lagoon. Suddenlink estimates over 10,000 customers do not have internet, cable television or telephone service including 911.
To date there have been five vandalisms to Suddenlinks Fiber Optic Cables. Total estimated damage by Suddenlink to repair the lines is now estimated to be at least $75,000.00. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Suddenlink are encouraging the public to call in any suspicious activity they may observe near telephone/ cable lines, especially during the late night/ early morning hours.
This is an on-going investigation and the Sheriff’s Office is actively working to identify a suspect or suspects in these crimes and to stop further vandalisms and interruptions to Suddenlink’s services. Detectives have interviewed several people regarding this crime. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Kirkpatrick of the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 707-268-3640 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line at 707-268-2539.
Suddenlink is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) that are responsible for these crimes.