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Verizon is offering a reward for information about a string of thefts at company garages, including one in Rockville.

The company said in a news release Friday that it will give up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of people responsible for a series of break-ins at Verizon facilities in Maryland this summer. Thieves took about $300,000 worth of FiOS installation and testing equipment, tools, and copper wire, the release said.

One of the thefts occurred sometime after 9 p.m. Aug. 7 and before 6:38 a.m. Aug. 8 at the company’s facility at 12277 Wilkins Ave. in Rockville. Thieves cut a hole in the fence and broke into four vehicles to steal equipment, according to the release.

Verizon facilities in Lanham and Annapolis were also broken into in July and equipment was stolen. Thieves also took copper wire and laptops from other facilities around the state this summer.

Sandy Arnette, a spokeswoman for Verizon, said security is not sure if the thefts are connected, but some of the tactics appear to be similar.

“We had a couple of (thefts) that were sort of done the same way, where they would cut through a fence and come in,” she said.

The company is asking anyone with information about the crimes to call police at 240-773-6070 or Verizon’s security at 800-997-3287.

ewaibel@gazette.net