[ISN] 75,000 left without phone service when thieves steal equipment

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Sun Jan 03 1999 - 18:16:30 PST

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) [1.3.99] - Three men wearing ski masks broke into a Sprint
    telephone office, tied up workers and stole computer equipment, leaving an
    estimated 75,000 customers without phone service Sunday. 
    After tying up the two Sprint employees and a contractor, they shot them
    with stun guns, police spokesman Steve Meriwether said. The workers were
    not seriously injured. 
    No arrests had been made, and police had no suspects. 
    The thieves took telephone-related computer equipment that was in use at
    the time, knocking out service to some customers, Sprint spokeswoman Detra
    Page said. Sprint has 845,000 customers in the Las Vegas Valley. 
    ``It was equipment that was being used to relay calls,'' Ms. Page said.
    ``They did know what they were after. It is believed it was stolen to be
    Service was restored to all customers within seven hours. 
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