Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Electricity Theft Reported By Local Utility

Employees of the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Cooperative called the sheriff's department this week when they found a situation in which a Putnam County man was apparently stealing electricity.  It happened at a trailer on Bob Gentry Road.  Authorities say there was a utility pole behind the trailer, but no meter was attached, and they say someone had used a red wire to bypass the system and supply power to the trailer without paying for it.  Further investigation led authorities to develop a suspect in the case, who told deputies that he was laying pipe on Hilham Road.  But when authorities went to question him, he was nowhere to be found. They say the 26-year-old man also has two active warrants pending for failing to appear in criminal court on other charges.