HOLDEN, La. (BRPROUD) – Do you live in Livingston Parish and recently have issues with your AT&T service?

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and AT&T may have an answer as to why some members are having issues with their service.

AT&T says that the theft of copper telephone lines is playing a part in the decline of service.

One such example comes from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.

LPSO received a call earlier this month about AT&T copper cable that had been cut and left on North James Chapel Rd.

Detectives set up shop and waited for someone to come back and retrieve the 320 feet of copper cable.

Five days after the original call, detectives observed the copper cable being taken away in a trailer.

Sheriff Jason Ard says, “A trailer filled with copper cable was being pulled by a older Ford traveling North on LA 441. That vehicle stopped at a home on Pine Street in Holden. When greeted by the LPSO, three suspects fled into a wooded area. All three were quickly captured & taken into custody.’

The three individuals who were arrested are 28-year-old Samuel Bankston, 26-year-old James Lofton, Jr. and 60-year-old Darrell Cudd.

The investigation remains ongoing.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office is passing on this information from AT&T:

“Working with representatives at AT&T, we have learned the following: The current theft of copper telephone lines has caused a strain on the telecommunications infrastructure. Thieves have stolen the copper cable and fiber optic lines or damaged the lines while attempting to steal them. This results in a loss of various services to include land lines, home internet and television services, and services to businesses. Also, cell tower feeds have been damaged, which disables cell services and the ability to call 911.”

If you see something that looks suspicious, please call LPSO at 225-686-2241 x1 or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP.