The Suddenlink Snipper Strikes Again

The mysterious vandal with an apparent grudge against Suddenlink struck again last week, leaving a large portion of Humboldt County without cable television, internet access and, for some people, phone service.
At about 1 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of another vandalism to Suddenlink’s fiber optic cable near Lorenz Lane and Old Arcata Road in Bayside. The cable was cut. The suspect, or suspects, used a culvert pipe to stand on to allow access to the elevated cable.
Service was cut off to about 10,000 customers in McKinleyville, Arcata, Trinidad, Big Lagoon, Manila and Bayside.
Wendy Purnell, Director of Operations/System Manager for the local Suddenlink, released a statement that morning about the incident.
“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,” Purnell wrote. “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.” Service was restored to most customers by later that evening.
This is the fifth vandalism attack on Suddenlink cables since March 8. Total estimated damage by Suddenlink to repair the lines is now pegged at about $75,000.
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.
According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, “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.

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  1. This is such an inconvenience for the businesses that use suddenlink. I hope someone will come forward and identify these criminals.

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