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AT&T Offering $250,000 Reward In Identifying Individual Who Vandalized Fiber Optics Cable

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Phone service has been restored in the South Bay today after being disrupted Tuesday when vandals cut underground fiber optic cables south of San Jose. AT&T is offering a $250,000 reward in the case, in which someone cut cables in two locations along Monterey Highway shortly before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The vandalism occurred minutes before someone shot a rifle at a PG&E transmission substation near Metcalf Road and Monterey Highway. AT&T spokesman George Ross confirmed this morning that the severed cables were fixed early this morning. “We are offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible,” Ross said. The Gilroy Police Department’s landline phones were down for about 24 hours but were back up and running at about 3 a.m., police Sgt. Pedro Espinoza said. In Morgan Hill, phone service disrupted by the cut cables was restored at 5 a.m., city spokeswoman Maureen Tobin said.

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