Frustrated with copper thefts from its Arizona towers, AT&T is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the thieves. In all, there have been 20 towers hit by copper theft in the Valley of the Sun, a metro area that includes Phoenix and Tempe, according to the East Valley Tribune.
AT&T is working with the East Valley Metal Theft Task Force, a group that includes Tempe police, in an effort to stem the tide of copper theft.
“We are seeing an increasing number of attacks [on our cell sites] this year,” Scott Huscher, AT&T’s Arizona spokesman told AGL Bulletin. “Since it is a growing problem, we wanted to draw attention to it and hopefully stop these attacks.”
Huscher indicated that some of the sites had seen had been hit more than once. To emphasize their point, AT&T officials went to a site that had previously been hit to announce the reward, but found out it had been hit again when they got there.
“It was a testament to the fact that it is an ongoing problem,” Huscher said. “The police department believes it is the same group of people that is hitting these sites.”