Under questioning, most of the employees denied stealing the cable, argued they were allowed to do so, or said their supervisors permitted the activity, the investigation showed. One employee, however, "admitted to stealing deactivated cable," the report said
"That employee indicated that periodically, the truck crew would search for deactivated cable in the duct banks and remove the cable by attaching a chain to the cable and hooking the chain onto the bumper of the City truck and pulling the cable out of the manhole," the report stated. "The employee further advised that one employee would conduct the transaction at Mid-Atlantic, receive the proceeds, and split it amongst the crew who was assigned to the truck that day."
The employee also said that "this conduct had been occurring for years and that most crews engaged in this activity," the report stated. "Supervisors were aware of the conduct and may have even condoned it."