Thieves targeted Greysteel again this week in an attempt to steal copper wiring, but failed.
The attempt happened on Monday night at the junction of Sheskin Road and School Road and comes after two separate incidents in recent weeks when wiring was stolen in the area.
Sinn Fein Colr. Dermot Nicholl condemned those behind the incident and said it left several homes without phone access.
PSNI Neighbourhood Inspector, Jenny Hudson praised the member of the public who rang in to report the theft.
“The sooner we receive the information the more we can do,” she appealed. “On this occasion police are trying to identify a white van seen in the Sheskin Road area on Monday evening. It is really important for residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity where they live and to contact police immediately. Copper and lead thefts are obviously a lucrative market but it can cause serious disruption to local services and is costly for the companies involved.
“Criminals believe they can make money quickly by selling on stolen copper however anyone dealing in scrap metal may also be implicated in handling stolen goods.
“Dealers are advised to contact police should they become suspicious of anyone trying to offload metal materials.
“The community’s help is vital in preventing these crimes so please report any information you may have about suspicious people, vehicles or activity in your area.”
Further information and advice is available from the local Crime Prevention Officer on 0845 600 8000 or find out more online on the PSNI website.