A Suddenlink Communications cable service disruption that is affecting about 5,000 customers in the Randolph County area should be repaired by 7 p.m. today.
Company representatives said the disruption appears to be caused by copper thieves, who cut a main line early this morning.
"Our technicians arrived at the site to find two cuts to a 102-count fiber line, which is a major artery of our cable system," said Michael Kelemen, Suddenlink's director of government relations. "We suspect it was the work of thieves who hoped to sell it for its copper. However, cable fiber lines contain no copper."
The West Virginia State Police is investigating. Anyone with knowledge of this crime is asked to contact the State Police at 304-637-0200.