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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating several felony incidents where an unknown person or persons, between the dates of November 2023 and January 2024, have been cutting fiber optic lines above ground near State Highway 146 South and U.S. Highway 59 South.

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The fiber optic lines contain copper, which can be stripped and sold to scrap yards. Theft of copper, aluminum, bronze or brass is an automatic felony charge in the State of Texas (Texas Penal Code 31.03. Theft).

Polk County Sheriff Bryon Lyons asks that any person with knowledge of these incidents contact Lieutenant Craig Finegan with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 936-329-9028. Tips may also be submitted anonymously at p3tips.com, the P3 App or call Polk County Crime Stoppers, at 936-327-STOP, where tipsters can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

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