COCOA, Florida – A Florida man knocked out cable service for thousands of customers when he allegedly stole a cable truck that workers were using to feed new fiber optic cables lines in a neighborhood in Cocoa, Florida.
According to police, a worker was performing repair work inside a trailer attached to the truck parked on the side of South Fiske Boulevard when he felt the trailer start to rock and move. The worker then jumped out of the trailer and watched the truck speed away with the trailer.
As the truck traveled southbound, the cable that was being fed from the trailer was yanked off of the utility pole, causing over $10,000 in damage to the fiber optic lines and knocking out service for 7,000 customers, including the Rockledge and Cocoa Police Departments.
Several minutes later, 25-year-old Shane Edward Younger of Melbourne, Florida allegedly parked the truck in front of the restaurant so as to prevent other customers from being able to park. A chef in the restaurant asked Younger to move the truck but Younger denied that the truck was his.
Younger also allegedly told his waitress that people were trying to kill him.
The Denny’s employees then called the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office who later notified the Cocoa Police Department that the truck had been located at a Denny’s in Merritt Island, Florida.
Younger was arrested and charged with Grand Theft, Felony Criminal Mischief, Driving While License Suspended, and Violation of Probation.