Fake telephone technician stole $100,000 worth of cables

A man allegedly posed as a telephone technician, accessed phone pits and manholes to steal $100,000 worth of active and old cabling.

A man, who allegedly posed as a telephone technician, has been charged with the alleged theft of more than $100,000 worth of telephone cables in NSW.

Newcastle City police have been conducting investigations into the theft and damage of telephone cables in NSW in the suburbs of Arcadia Vale, Belmont, Mayfield, Sandgate and Toronto.

Police allege between October 4 and November 9, a 50-year-old man posed as a telephone technician and stole the active cabling.

The man allegedly removed the cables by accessing phone pits and manholes, stealing active and old cabling.

According to police, the offences caused major breaks in telecommunications for businesses and private residences.

The Wangi Wangi area allegedly had about 400 premises affected during the theft of cabling at Arcadia Vale. The total bill to repair and replace the stolen cabling is expected to exceed $110,000.

The man attended Raymond Terrace Police Station where he was arrested and charged. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on January 11.