Monday judicial agents located some of the stolen cable in retail outlets in San José. Then they said they received information that a junk operation in San Sebastián might have more. They searched that location and turned up two tons of the cable, all still in spools, they said.
The truck hijacking is a step up from the normal theft of cable by vagrants and small-time crooks who trim pieces of copper wire from electrical lines around the Central Valley.
In the case of the hijacking, bandits in cars forced the driver to stop just a short distance from the company where he picked up the load. They made off with the truck.