WARREN, OhioJan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Embarq Corporation (EQ) is out to bring copper cable thieves to justice by expanding its Warren, Ohio, cable theft reward to all of Trumbull County. In addition, the reward has been increased from $1,000 to $5,000. The reward will be given to citizens offering information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of anyone stealing the company's live traffic-carrying cable, primarily copper cable.

EMBARQ began its effort in enlisting the public's help in 2007 with rewards in Las Vegas and Warren, Ohio. That effort was expanded last year to the Houston area, and now includes all of Trumbull County, Ohio.

"Copper theft continues to be a serious problem industry-wide," said  Dallas Hayden , manager of Corporate Investigations at EMBARQ. "Copper theft is not only a financial drain on EMBARQ it also puts the entire community at risk of losing 911 and other emergency communications if those lines are cut by the copper thieves."

Anyone who has information regarding the theft of traffic-carrying copper cable is asked to call Detective  Jolene Marcello  with the Trumbull County Sheriff's Department at (330) 675-4039. People can also call 911 if they see a cable theft in progress.

Hayden also warns that stealing cable doesn't come without risks to the thieves. Aside from the potential for arrest, there have been dozens of reports nationwide of copper thieves being electrocuted when they mistakenly cut into electrical wires while attempting to steal copper cable.


Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of communications services. EMBARQ has operations in 18 states and is in the Fortune 500(R) list of America's largest corporations.

For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet, wireless, and satellite TV from DISH Network(R) -- all on one monthly bill.

For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice and data services, long distance, Business Class High Speed Internet, wireless, satellite TV from DIRECTV(R), enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services.

For more information, visit embarq.com.

SOURCE: Embarq Corporation

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