Telephone and Internet services in Linstead and surrounding communities in St. Catherine have been disrupted, after thieves attempted to steal copper cables owned by telecoms firm LIME.

LIME says the thieves chopped the main fibre optic cables, cutting off communication to thousands of customers and causing more than 2-million dollars worth of damage and losses.

Head of Service Support at LIME, Ronnie Thompson says the copper thieves launched an early morning raid on the company’s infrastructure.

“The consequences go beyond simple theft and pose a significant detrimental effect upon commercial life in the affected rural communities. It also poses a personal safety and national security risk when key operations in the area do not have access to modern telecommunications services,” he told NNN.

But Mr. Thompson says those cables cut, had no copper in them.

He says LIME is now working to restore service to the affected areas.