Updated | Man arrested in connection to Spectrum cable vandalism

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A man has been arrested in connection to vandalism of Spectrum-owned cable wires.

Michael C. Tolve, a 48-year-old resident of Wantagh, was arrested last night for the vandalism that resulted in a massive Spectrum outage for 60,000 residents in Forest Hills and Rego Park on June 26, according to authorities.

He was arrested around 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, and was charged with Criminal Mischief. According to Charter Communications,  Tolve is an employee of Spectrum.

It’s currently unclear if Tolve is also connected to the outage that occurred this past Tuesday.

Yesterday morning, City Comptroller Scott Stringer joined members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 to picket outside of the Upper West Side Spectrum/Time Warner Cable office over contract disputes.

Update: July 13, 4:57 p.m. –  A comment from Charter Communication’s spokesman John Bonomo:

“It’s disappointing that one of our employees would unlawfully sabotage the infrastructure we all work so hard to maintain and inconvenience our customers in this way. We intend to support the prosecution of these crimes to the fullest extent of the law, as they put our customers’ well-being in jeopardy, cause local business to suffer, and are a general inconvenience for all. We’d like to thank the NYPD for its tireless work on this case and the many other investigations of vandalism to our facilities they have underway.”

Update: July 14, 11:51 a.m. – Charge dropped against Tolve
The Queens District Attorney has the dropped charge against Tolve. After confirming the arrest yesterday, an NYPD spokesperson could only confirm that Tolve’s arrest is “now sealed” this morning.
In a statement, the Queens District Attorney’s office said they are “declining to prosecute the case pending further investigation into the matter.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates and follow coverage at Forest Hills Times.


9 thoughts on “Updated | Man arrested in connection to Spectrum cable vandalism

  • July 13, 2017 at 10:09 pm
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    Please apologize and retreat this #Fakenews. Mr. Mike is innocent and he has been released and all the charges are dropped.

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  • July 13, 2017 at 10:26 pm
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    Please apologize and retreat this #Fakenews. Mr. Mike is innocent and he has been released and all the charges are dropped.

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  • July 13, 2017 at 10:37 pm
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    Yellow journalism at its finest.All charges were dropped. If you bothered to check your sources, you would this is fake news

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  • July 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm
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    Really?!? This guy was released on all charges, what are you guys talking about? Fake news covfefe, bigly.

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  • July 13, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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    You need to release an apology to Mr. Michael Tolve for your quick inappropriate judgement ,Spectrum still stands at fault and if you wanna release any news you should look into the conflict of interest between ranking officers and 4th Wave Contracting Company doing work for Charter/Spectrum.

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  • July 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    Please get the story correct about the such call spectrum vandalism. The allege suspect was release this evening all charges dropped NO EVIDENCE. Spectrum keeps using the same excuse all over the country when they have a prolonged outage. Just google it , pretty sure u guys do some type of investigative reporting. Do not smear the novel fight of 1800 union workers.

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  • July 13, 2017 at 11:04 pm
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    DONT BE LIKE THE OTHER FAKE NEWS REPORTERS RETRACT YOUR STORY AND TELL A REALL STORY HOW SPECTRUM HURTS 1800 UNION MEMBERS BY PUTTING THEM ON STRIKE FOR 108+ DAYS FOR UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES OR DO THEY GOT U IN THE POCKET AS WELL… THATS REAL NEWS

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  • July 13, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    DONT BE LIKE THE OTHER FAKE NEWS REPORTERS RETRACT YOUR STORY AND TELL A REALL STORY HOW SPECTRUM HURTS 1800 UNION MEMBERS BY PUTTING THEM ON STRIKE FOR 108+ DAYS FOR UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES OR DO THEY GOT U IN THE POCKET AS WELL… THATS REAL NEWS oOH AND IF YOU NEED A SOURCE FOR THIS REAL NEWS…. http://WWW.NYCABLETRUTH.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  • July 13, 2017 at 11:12 pm
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    Still waiting for an update on the fake news story since he was released for lack of evidence
    You people are quick to destroy a man’s reputation
    but will never say sorr
    Now is name is out there forever
    Because you people are to lazy and/ or bad to do your job right

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