Wire thieves hit Dexter area again: 'Stealing it every other week it seems'

Wire thieves hit Dexter area again: 'Stealing it every other week it seems' »Play Video

DEXTER, Ore. - CenturyLink's Brent Harvey just finished repairing the damage by Dexter Lake.

Harvey said thieves steal copper wires and sell them for about $3 or $4 a pound.

But the damage thieves do swiping the wire costs CenturyLink thousands.

"Could push to the 10, 15, 20,000 dollar range just depending on how much they took," he said. "Just keep stealing it every other week it seems."

When the cable is cut down, it affects the telephone, Internet and 911 services.

"They may get a few dollars taking out for their copper value," Harvey said, "but when they're taking out grandma's phone and she's got a heart condition - and I mean its frustrating for us they call us out and we're working all night ...till 3 in the morning slicing these cables and you know people need their phones, especially the elderly."

CenturyLink is working with local metal recyclers and the sheriff's office to find the people responsible and bring them to justice.