Copper Wire Theft Investigated

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating into who was responsible for cutting and removing 30 feet of copper-filled cable.

The wire theft occurred sometime after midnight on Wednesday and caused a temporary loss of phone and internet services for hundreds of people.

Police say someone came into the area of Highway 238 and Cady Road in Jacksonville and cut the 22-gage wire. Estimated cost of the cable and repairs is $4,500.

The wire theft resulted in hundreds of people in the Applegate and Ruch areas to lose phone and internet service for about 24 hours. CentruyLink service has now been restored to all those in the affected areas.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding the theft, or if you saw anything suspicious in the area, you are asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 541-774-8333.