Subway service back on A, C lines after massive copper theft

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NEW YORK (AP) — Full subway service has been restored on the A and C lines following a massive theft of copper cable from train tracks near Howard Beach, the MTA said.

Transit crews worked through the night to repair the damage caused by vandals who snatched 500 feet of valuable copper wire from 12 locations along the tracks.

The crime caused delays and overcrowding for hundreds of thousands of commuters Wednesday along the entire length of the two heavily used lines. The A and C carry 775,000 riders a day and traverse Manhattan’s west side, the MTA said.

The theft was discovered late Tuesday when a train lost power north of the Howard Beach station in Queens.