Copper thieves take out phone service in S. Ore.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 9:49 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Some homes and businesses in Dexter, Ore., lost phone service Sunday after thieves stole several hundred feet of telephone cable containing copper wire from a line near Highway 58.

The Register-Guard newspaper reports that the thieves wore orange tops to apparently disguise themselves as members of a repair crew.

Lane County sheriff's Sgt. Steve French said 400 feet of telephone cable valued at approximately $5,000 was reportedly stolen.

A spokeswoman for CenturyLink said most customers had service restored by Monday.

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