Connecticut police have accused two people of cutting over 2,000 fiber optic connections, leaving over 40,000 households and businesses in the state’s southwest without internet access.
Residents of Asheville, North Carolina, Jillian People, and Austin Geddings were detained on Saturday during a surveillance operation, according to Norwalk police.
They were accused of stealing, making criminal mischief, and interfering with the police. A second charge against the individual was making a false statement to the police.
On a $200,000 bail, both were held in custody. It was not immediately apparent if they had attorneys on staff who could address the accusations.
The Optimum cables were reportedly damaged on March 24 in Norwalk, and police claimed they arrived at the scene and swiftly located the culprits and their vehicle. The authorities did not disclose the method by which the identifications were made.
According to police, Geddings was discovered in a Stratford wooded area shortly after People was apprehended by officers in Bridgeport when they were scouting out a business.
According to the police, People and Geddings will appear in court on April 11.
According to Optimum’s website, the cable-cutting-related problems have subsequently been fixed.