The MTA is investigating the vandals who stole at least 500 feet of copper cable from the A subway line tracks in Howard Beach, Queens, which resulted in massive delays and suspension of service on Wednesday.

According to the MTA:

The cable theft was discovered at 11:22 p.m. Tuesday night when a northbound A Subway Line Icon train lost power north of the Howard Beach station. Crews brought in another train behind it, and the estimated 150 customers on board were able to walk through the trains to get back to the Howard Beach station at 12:09 a.m.

The crews are still working on repairing the damages, as delays continued into the morning:

“This morning’s service disruption was directly caused by the theft of cable from along the subway right of way. This led to delays and crowding along all 31 miles of the A Subway Line Icon train, and forced thousands of Rockaways customers to use shuttle buses to get to work,” said MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco. “We are working closely with the NYPD Transit Bureau to help them investigate this crime and identify the culprits responsible.”

(Photo: MTA)