A NSW man allegedly posing as a telephone cable repairman has been charged after causing $110,000 in damage when he stole active phone cabling earlier this year.
Police allege the theft caused "major breaks" in communications for businesses and residents. Some 400 residents in the suburb of Wangi Wangi were affected after a single theft.
It is alleged that the 50-year-old man accessed phone pits and manholes to steal active and old cabling between October and November.
Newcastle City police investigated theft and damage of the cables around Arcadia Vale, Belmont, Mayfield, Sandgate and Toronto.
The man was charged yesterday with eight counts of larceny and destruction or damage of property and was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on 11 January next year.