On September 6, officers and the electric company were investigating a residential meter in Ellwood that had been tapped into.
Bob Villella gave the following information about the electric companies investigation, “the Ellwood City Borough Electric crew was reviewing the TIP Report which is generated from the Borough Utility Software. The TIP report identifies that a meter was pulled and is inactive and if there is activity then it identifies new usage compared to the period when it was pulled. This process requires crew members going to each listed address on the report to check meter status. Our crew checked the meter of this particular location and identified that the meter was off and “Red Sealed”. Also, the crew identified that the seal had been cut and the insulating shut off sleeves installed at the time of service termination and which prevent power from being used were also removed. The resident was illegally gaining access to power. Once identified the crew cut the wires at the pole and then notified the Police who took appropriate action.”
The suspect is a 46 year old Ellwood resident who supposedly leeched “free” electric for over a month in the estimated amount of 2,000 kilowatt hours.
He will likely be charged with theft of over $200.00 stolen from the borough.