The theft of 1,200 meters of telephone cable early yesterday morning, the second such robbery in two days, left thousands of people in the State of México without phone or internet service.
The theft took place on Avenida Hidalgo in the municipality of Villa Nicolás Romero, and affected residents of 11 neighborhoods.
Two days earlier, more than 3,000 families in the municipality of Melchor Ocampo, also in the State of México, lost their telephone service after thieves stole 2,000 meters of underground cable.
It appears they used a truck to pull the cable through a manhole, cutting it with machetes and axes before loading it in the truck.
The manhole was located on Avenida Filiberto Gómez, one of the town’s main streets.
Thieves were caught in the act in a similar theft in Mexico City in April. Dressed to look like Telmex personnel, they showed up at a manhole in the historic center in the early hours of the morning and began pulling up the cable. But surveillance cameras caught them in the act, and police arrived soon after.
The thieves attempted to pass themselves off as phone company employees with phony identification. When that didn’t work they tried unsuccessfully to buy off the police.
Telmex says the State of México sees more cable thefts than any other state.