While residents on Cesara Drive in Mulberry were sleeping, a thief with money signs in his eyes yanked down the wires that practically run right over their homes.
"How does nobody notice this is happening?" asked resident Brooke West. "There are people on drugs. They'll do anything for money."
They cut the line around 3 a.m. Tuesday.
The attempt left West without Internet service, and neighbor Jerry Prather is without his phone. He's a truck dispatcher -- well, not today he's not.
"I've got trucks all over the United States and no way to communicate effectively with them now," West said.
Deputies came out to investigate, and Verizon crews spent the better part of the afternoon trying to repair the cable and string it back up.
Their spokesman, Bob Elek, has a nice surprise for people like Prather who rely on land lines.
"We go one-by-one, prioritize those folks, get them back in service, which is the priority we follow anytime there's an outage," Elek said.
Prather says he's already made up his mind on the copper thieves.
"They're a pathetic excuse for a human. Get a job. Go pick out cans. Don't steal. I'm up to here with people who want to steal," he said.
Verizon crews expect to be finished with the repair by Tuesday evening. And they do say they have leads on who might have tried to steal the copper.