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Posted on: October 21, 2023

NINE CHARGED IN THEFT RING THAT TARGETED VERIZON UTILITY WIRES THROUGHOUT BUCKS COUNTY

Ryan Potts

Nine people were charged with stealing Verizon wires from utility poles throughout Bucks County and selling it at as scrap, costing the utility company more than $250,000 to replace.

Between May and October, the organization, who referred to themselves as the “Get Money Squad,” committed wire thefts in Lower Makefield Township, Upper Makefield Township, Warminster Township, Bensalem Township and Bristol Township. 

The evidence indicates some of those charged even posed as members of a search party looking for children swept away during the deadly July flash flooding in Lower Makefield Township, just so they could steal more wire.

The joint investigation found the group took advantage of the tragedy because of the size of the wire in that location and because they knew law enforcement would be overwhelmed with rescue efforts.

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