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Posted on: July 11, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Seeking tips in Lumen/Century Link wire thefts

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Seeking tips in Lumen/Century Link wire thefts


Eugene Police and Lumen/Century Link are seeking leads in multiple copper wire thefts at the company’s utility boxes (pedestals) around the city. Since June 7, 2023 Lumen/CenturyLink has been the victim of 35 separate acts of these thefts, totaling more than $132,000 in damages. The suspect(s) could be posing as contractors, using a van or a truck with a temporary magnetic sign to steal copper from pedestals and cross boxes around Eugene. The suspect(s) could also approach on foot with no vehicle, possibly wearing some sort of safety vest to appear official. They use this method as to conceal their theft and vandalism activity. Above and beyond the financial and physical damage, this activity could damage Central Lane’s 911 system and may prevent access to emergency services because of the damage. Lumen/CenturyLink desires prosecution and will actively  participate in bringing charges.

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map of theft locations



Vans and/or trucks with temporary magnetic signs doing work around pedestals and cross boxes in industrial areas and neighborhoods. Lone pedestrians, possibly wearing a safety vest. (Note: The white van included is a photo from a case in Arizona.)


Lumen/Century Link technicians normally use marked Lumen/CenturyLink vans or trucks when we work on pedestals and cross boxes.

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If anyone has information about these cases, please contact Detective Aaron Johns, 541.682.5843, or

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