Chance encounter leads to arrests in cable thefts

One reason why the phone may not work. Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo

Fuerza Pública officers on patrol earlyThursday came upon a pickup truck near Palmar Sur that was carrying 1,500 meters of telephone cable.

Police said as a patrol car approached, three men in the truck jumped off and headed for the bushes. Police detained the driver and called the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, which loses huge amounts of copper cable to thieves each year.

In fact, police noted that Wednesday two men were detained with 340 meters of cable in Matina de Limón.

The truck driver was identified by the last names of Núñez Laguna. A judge ordered him to stay out of the Cantón de Osa for six months.

A police search turned up three men who lacked any form of identification but who were muddy and wet. But they were carrying gloves of the type used by cable thieves, police said. They were detained, too.

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