- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HAMLIN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia State Police and Frontier Communications say the theft of copper communications cable has been a big problem this month in Lincoln County.

Police say the most recent theft occurred last weekend. The thefts have all been within a three- to four-mile radius of the Harts area near the Logan County line.

Bryan Stover of Frontier Corporate Security says such thefts leave customers without phone or Internet service, preventing them from making calls in the event of an emergency. He says rural areas like this have limited cellphone coverage, and many people rely on their landline phones.

Police say anyone with information about these thefts can contact the state police Hamlin Detachment at 304-824-3101, Frontier Communications Security at 1-800-590-6605, or report on the Internet at www.wvcrime.com.

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