Charter Communications reports theft and vandalism of equipment in Tri-Cities area

From Staff Reports

   Charter Communications is experiencing theft and vandalism of equipment resulting in service disruptions to some customers, said Larry Sparks, technical operations manager for Charter Communications in the Tri-Cities.
   Since November, Sparks said 14 cable amplifiers, which repeat the cable signal, had been stolen in Bristol, four in Johnson City and two in Carter County from Charter Communications aerial and pedestal facilities.
   On Dec. 24, the Carter County Sheriff's Department investigated a report of a cable amplifier missing from a utility pole at Highway 359 and Old Buffalo Road. A similar theft occurred in Milligan.
   There have been no similar reports within the City of Elizabethton within the past three months.
   "We don't suspect any homeowner. We believe they are random acts of theft. The interruption of service to our customers concerns us more than the loss of the equipment," Sparks said.
   Charter Communications is offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the thefts and acts of vandalism.
   Suspicious activity around cable lines, particularly after 5 p.m., should be reported to local law enforcement authorities, Sparks said.