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Fake Engineers Stealing Expensive Wire in West Dorset

Dorset Police Car At Night

11:25am 20th December 2013

Expensive underground cables used to connect Dorset to the rest of the world are being stolen by thieves who could be disguised as telephone engineers.

The high value copper wire has been ripped up from underneath the road near Camedown Golf Club outside Dorchester this week (Dec 16th-20th)

Dorset Police has told Wessex FM the perpetrators take up manhole covers and attach the cable to their vehicle before driving down the road and ripping the wires out.

Copper is used in the wire which is expensive and a high value target for illegal dealers.

Dorset Police believes thieves tried to remove the wiring from an area in Puddletown but failed after finding a man hole cover disturbed.

West Dorset Police Inspector Steve Marsh says BT have told the force in the past people have disguised themselves as company engineers when carrying out the crimes;

"They'll have a similar looking van and will wear overalls that could closely match BT engineer’s overalls. The giveaway is they'll do this in the middle of the night, which is very unusual for BT engineers, they wouldn't do that unless it was a specific emergency."

"People only realise the wires have been stolen when they notice their phone lines and internet are down."

Inspector Marsh is asking people to look out for any engineers in the middle of the night and report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately.

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