Woman arrested for stealing electricity

A Spanish Fort woman is accused of a crime you do not hear about very often. Cary Jordan,27, was arrested on Saturday after police say she was stealing electricity. It is a crime the Spanish Fort Police Department and electricity provider Riviera Utilities does not take lightly.

Investigators told FOX10 News a crew with the utility company noticed something was not right with Jordan’s home and they contacted police. Afterward, Jordan was arrested and taken to Baldwin County Jail.

“The electricity had been tampered with. There was no meter in the box,” said Spanish Fort Police Chief David Edgar.

Edgar said because of Rivera Utilities swift response, it led to an arrest.

Documented in the crime report, Rivera Utilities noted the power had been shut off since January 2012. If Jordan had to pay an electric bill, it would total to $2,783.23.

“She’s charged with theft of services first degree. Which is theft of services that value more than 2,500,” said Edgar.

Thomas DeBell with Rivera Utilities told FOX10 News the alleged theft did not affect nearby residents.

“In general, it sounds like a lot of money. In general the amount that we write off every month through a loss of this type, it’s not enough that it will have a huge impact. It’s certainly something that our staff does a good job of recovering. I wouldn’t expect it to have a real bad impact on the neighbor’s bills,” said DeBell.

DeBell also told FOX10 News this does happen from time to time. If you see anything suspicious at your power box or at a meter, alert the power company immediately.

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