Gardai are following a definite line of inquiry after thefts of overhead telephone cables.
At 9.50pm on November 16 the new Garda Divisional task force, while on routine patrol and in response to reports of a vehicle and occupants acting suspiciously in the Rathmore area of Stradbally, found a van abandoned in a field which containing over 1km of eir cable.
The vehicle and property was seized. The assistance of the Garda air support unit was obtained and ground units endeavoured to locate the suspects.
Arrests have not been ruled out.
There have been more than a dozen such thefts in recent weeks with homes left without phone connection as a result.