Sabotage attacks knock out phone service [Calif.]

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Sabotage attacks knock out phone service

Henry K. Lee,Ryan Kim, Chronicle Staff Writers
Thursday, April 9, 2009

(04-09) 12:20 PDT SAN JOSE -- Vandals cut fiber-optic cable lines
belonging to AT&T and Sprint at two locations early today, knocking
out landline and cellular phone service to thousands of residential
customers and businesses in southern Santa Clara County, in Santa
Cruz and San Benito counties and along the Peninsula, authorities

Four AT&T fiber-optic cables were severed shortly before 1:30 a.m.
along Monterey Highway north of Blossom Hill Road in south San Jose,
police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said. Sprint's cable in San Carlos was cut
about two hours later, a company official said. The exact location
was not immediately known.

Police used yellow tape to cordon off the area where the AT&T cables
were destroyed, which is near railroad tracks, as investigators and
phone company workers descended into an underground vault where the
cables are located.


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