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Verizon Maryland copper wire, equipment thefts total $300,000

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Thieves have stolen nearly $300,000 worth of equipment, tools and copper from Verizon facilities at more than a dozen work sites and offices across Maryland since May, the company says.

Verizon is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the thefts, who have struck at least 16 times between May and early August.

In three of the incidents that took place in Lanham, Annapolis and Rockville, the suspects cut through fences and broke into cars, stealing FiOS installation equipment and testing gear and various tools.

During that same time span, the suspects also stole copper wire at a dozen Verizon work centers in the Baltimore metro area, including Bel Air, Taneytown, Owings Mills and North East.

Verizon officials are worried that if the thefts escalate, they could have an impact on customer service.

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities or Verizon at 800-997-3287.

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