Thieves strip copper wire on Dewdney Trunk Road

Metal thieves took about 75 metres of copper wire cable from Telus lines, affecting service to 200 customers.

A Telus worker replacing stolen copper cables on Dewdney Trunk Road near Welch Avenue.

A Telus worker replacing stolen copper cables on Dewdney Trunk Road near Welch Avenue.

Metal thieves targeted about 75 metres of Telus cable at Dewdney Trunk Road near Welch Avenue in the early morning hours of Friday, affecting service to roughly 200 customers.

Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said thieves climbed a pole or used ladders to cut down and steal a pair of copper cables.

“We have crews onsite working to restore service as quickly as possible, and are working with the RCMP to investigate the thefts. These thieves are putting our customers’ lives at risk by knocking out their access to 911 for the better part of the day. We’re asking anyone who saw anything suspicious at the site overnight to report it to the RCMP,” he said.

Hall said he expects to have service restored overnight.