Bell files another lawsuit against accused copper thief to help deter network vandalism


  • More than 420 security incidents, primarily copper theft, to Bell’s network since January 2022
  • Most impacted regions include Ontario with 46% of incidents, New Brunswick with 24% and Québec with 17%
  • Millions in damages to critical infrastructure and hundreds of hours of service interruption for customers as a result
  • Bell calls on provincial and federal governments for increased fines and amendments to the Criminal Code to protect critical infrastructure

FREDERICTON, NB, June 28, 2023 /CNW/ – Bell recently filed a lawsuit in New Brunswick against Stuart McCann, who has been criminally charged with theft of copper wire. The lawsuit alleges Mr. McCann stole copper telephone wire, causing approximately 1,000 customers in the Fredericton area to lose home phone, Internet and TV for approximately 12 hours. Bell is also pursuing all of Mr. McCann’s co-conspirators, including any individuals or scrap metal businesses who knowingly purchased the stolen copper.

“With 420 security incidents on Bell’s network since January 2022, 75% of which being copper theft, we are taking extra measures to protect our critical infrastructure by issuing lawsuits against people accused of vandalism. Our customers deserve reliable communications networks to stay connected and reach emergency services, which is taken from them after each incident until repairs are completed.”

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