NORTH SIDE (KDKA) – A reward is being offered after a recent string of copper thefts on the North Side.

According to a press release, Verizon is offering $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and prosecution after nearly 20 incidents have been reported.

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The most recent copper theft happened on Nov. 11 on Royal Street.

To date, nearly 2,000 feet of copper cable has been stolen, which has caused an estimated $400,000 worth of damage.

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“These incidents are incomprehensible because they put people’s lives in danger and can cost thousands of dollars to repair,” Director of Operations for Verizon Pennsylvania Hank Abbott said in a statement. “We will not tolerate these deliberate and malicious acts against our telephone network and our customers.”

A majority of the reported incidents have transpired on Gershon Street, Nublock Street and Royal Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Verizon Security at 1-800-997-3287.


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