Train cable thieves caught

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Po­lice in Thes­sa­loniki yes­ter­day ar­rested two men be­lieved to be be­hind the theft of elec­tri­cal cable from tracks be­long­ing to the Hel­lenic Rail­ways Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OSE), caus­ing dis­rup­tions to sched­ules and cost­ing the cash­strapped com­pany hun­dreds of thou­sands of eu­ros in re­pairs.

The two Bul­gar­ian na­tion­als, aged 35 and 37, were picked up by of­fi­cers af­ter strik­ing the same point of the rail­way from Thes­sa­loniki to the sub­urb of Sin­dos for the third time in a row late on Wed­nes­day night.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that the sus­pects stole hun­dreds of me­ters of elec­tri­cal cable in or­der to strip it of cop­per which would then be sold on the black mar­ket for a hefty price. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, OSE has been hit by cable thieves around 60 times since the start of the year, al­though the dam­age suf­fered in the lat­est spate of in­ci­dents was among the big­gest yet.

It is es­ti­mated that OSE has been robbed of over 20 tons of cop­per over the past few years by dif­fer­ent gangs, suf­fer­ing dam­age val­ued at around 10 mil­lion eu­ros in the process.

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