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Centralia Police Arrest Man Who May Have Stolen $10k in Fiber Optic Cable

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Centralia Police have arrested a Centralia man they believe has stole more than $10,000 in fiber optic cable in small pieces over the past week from the large communication tower at 115 North Oak near downtown Centralia.  

James Tate of East Noleman is being held in the Marion County Jail for burglary, felony theft, and criminal damage to property.  Police say Tate was allegedly entering the fenced area around the tower and cutting off sections of the cable from a large spool of wire.  He then reportedly carried off the cable pieces on his bicycle.   

Police say a caller from the nearby Senior Center reported the suspicious activity Monday.  Police then waited for the suspect to return to an area where he reportedly was storing the cable pieces until the salvage yards opened where he allegedly sold the cable.  Police report Tate would transport the cable in a trailer he was pulling behind his bike.  

The cable belonged to Team Mobile that was doing an upgrade project on the cell tower.  

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