By Nanette Asimov,
Chronicle Staff Writers
April 10, 2009
Police are hunting for vandals who chopped fiber-optic cables and killed
landlines, cell phones and Internet service for tens of thousands of
people in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties on Thursday.
The sabotage essentially froze operations in parts of the three counties
at hospitals, stores, banks and police and fire departments that rely on
911 calls, computerized medical records, ATMs and credit and debit
The full extent of the havoc might not be known for days, emergency
officials said as they finished repairing the damage late Thursday.
Whatever the final toll, one thing is certain: Whoever did this is in a
world of trouble if he, she or they get caught.
"I pity the individuals who have done this," said San Jose Police Chief
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