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Originally published Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

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Wire thefts disrupt Snohomish Co. 911 service

Wire thefts this summer have disrupted 911 services for people in Snohomish County.

The Associated Press

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EVERETT, Wash. —

Wire thefts this summer have disrupted 911 services for people in Snohomish County.

The Everett Herald reports (http://bit.ly/18GhtjB) that around Labor Day, thieves in Everett and Gold Bar left 350 Frontier Communications customers without telecommunications service. In July, Frontier reported four cable thefts in an eight-day period in the Marysville, Snohomish, Skykomish and Granite Falls areas. No arrests have been made.

Frontier Communications Everett general manager Ken Baldwin says if those telecommunication wires are taken, people can't call 911.

Baldwin says the thieves are risking their lives to take the copper wires.

Telecommunications companies often share poles with power suppliers. Many Frontier lines are located near electric lines carrying high-voltage currents. As little as four feet routinely separates a cable line from a live wire.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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