An incident which occurred south of Blue Earth left many Bevcomm customers without service for about four hours on Friday afternoon, Aug. 19.
A utility box located at the intersection of 85th Street and 360th Avenue was damaged when a person or persons fired gunshots into the unit.
“Approximately nine shots from two different firearms did about $35,000 worth of damage,” Faribault County chief deputy Sheriff Scott Adams said. “One of the firearms was a handgun and the other was a rifle.”
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the vandalism occurred between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
“It damaged the electronics in the box,” Bevcomm president Bill Eckles stated. “It disrupted both broadband and telephone service.”
Due to the severity and cost of the repairs, Bevcomm immediately offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the damage.
“It is not just us that is affected when something like this happens,” Eckles noted. “It negatively affects our customers who work from home and conduct their business from home.”
Sheriff Mike Gormley encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Sheriff’s Office at 507-526-5148, extension 2.