Man caught by employees cutting live wire, disrupts service

Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 10:10 AM EST
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va (WSAZ) – A man is behind bars for grand larceny after he was caught by Frontier Communications employees cutting a live phone line on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened around 5:30 p.m.

According to deputies, two employees witnessed a man cutting wire that was part of an active line.

Service near Skeenie’s Hot Dogs on Sissonville Drive in Charleston was disrupted, officials confirmed.

After cutting the wire and taking materials, deputies report the man drove away in a pickup truck but was followed by Frontier employees who were on the phone with 911 operators.

Frontier Field Operations Director for West Virginia Mike Hathaway said these kind of thefts are pretty common.

“Since August we’ve been manually tracking the thefts,” he said. “I’ve had 118 in my area alone, which is a little more than half of the state of West Virginia.”

Deputies found the pickup truck at an auto parts store in Sissonville. Cut wire from Frontier Communications in the bed of his pickup truck.

Parsons was arrested for grand larceny and destruction of property.

Parsons was arraigned by a Kanawha County Magistrate and a bond was set at $10,000 cash or 10 percent. He is currently being held at South-Central Regional Jail.

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