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Vandalism Of AT&T Fiber Optic Lines Under Investigation

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Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information from the public about vandalism that occurred on August 30 and knocked out cell service across Tuolumne County.

It happened at around 5:50 pm in the area of Highway 49 and Melones Court. The Sheriff’s Office reports that about 50 feet of fiber optic line was cut, causing approximately $10,000 in damage.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area during the timeframe is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 209-533-5815.

The widespread outage, which also impacted emergency services, was restored late Thursday morning, August 31.