Cable thieves posing as engineers in Dorchester area

Dorset Echo: Inspector Steve Marsh of Dorchester Police Inspector Steve Marsh of Dorchester Police

POLICE believe cable thieves operating in the Dorchester area could be posing as BT workers.

An attempt was made to remove a manhole cover and steal new high tech cabling installed by the telecoms company at Puddletown earlier this week.

Inspector Steve Marsh of Dorchester Police said the thieves struck again with a successful attempt just outside the Came Down Golf Course near Dorchester last night.

He said: “The way they do it is lift the manhole covers and attach a vehicle to a cable and then drive that vehicle off and literally rip the cabling out.

“The reason it is being taken is because of the high value of copper and other metal elements inside the cable.”

Insp Marsh added: “Often the people that do it will make themselves look like they are BT engineers.

“They will have a van that looks like a BT van and they will put signs up around the road making it look like they are officially working.

“It is happening overnight and BT don’t go out at night unless it’s an extreme emergency so I would ask if anybody sees this sort of activity we would be really pleased if they let us know.”

Anyone with information can contact Dorchester Police Station on 101.

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