From The Knox County Ky. Sheriff's Department -
According to Sheriff Mike Smith, Wednesday morning January 24, 2024, Knox County Ky Detective Jesse Smith was dispatched to a call of an unknown subject cutting copper wire out of phones and internet boxes on KY11.
Once on scene Detective Smith observed the large phone line from the utility pole to the box was missing and had been cut from the ground belonging to Windstream. Several locks and smaller wires were also cut from those same boxes.
Through his investigation, Detective Smith determined the identity of a suspect identified as 44-year-old Tony Dezarn of Manchester. Inside Dezarn's vehicle was found the same wiring that was removed from the KY11 location.
Tony Dezarn was arrested and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but under $1,000,000 and criminal mischief - 1st degree.
The investigation is continuing under the direction of Detective Jesse Smith.