Pair of senior citizens accused of stealing copper cable

eugene reding and wayne pierce

ALEXANDER, N.Y. (WIVB) – A pair of senior citizens is accused of digging up and then selling copper cable valued at more than $100,000.

Police say Wayne Pierce and Eugene Reding, both 72 and from Attica, have been illegally removing copper cable since 2011. Authorities began their investigation after being approached by AT&T officials.

Investigators discovered the pair has approached landowners in Alexander, Darien and Bethany and asked to dig up cable on their properties. After digging it up, they would then sell it, costing AT&T more than $100,000.

Both are charged with second degree grand larceny. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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