Conway police recently discovered a woman stealing electricity from her neighbors after those neighbors complained of higher-than-normal utility bills.
Officers arrived to a report of theft of services in the 500 block of First Avenue, around 4:09 p.m. Wednesday, after a woman discovered an extension cord running from an outlet on the outside of her apartment to a nearby house.
The woman told police her previous two Conway Corporation bills were much higher than normal.
Officers also made contact with another resident in the duplex, who stated her previous two Conway Corporation bills were also higher than normal.
Both residents reported a previous month’s bill being more than $500.
Police then made contact with the alleged suspect at her nearby residence.
The suspect, a 45-year-old woman, told officers her power had been off for four days, and admitted that the extension cord, plugged into the outlet on the outside wall of her neighbor’s home, was indeed hers.
The woman said she plugged in the extension cord earlier in the afternoon to run a small fan.
“I looked past her and observed extension cords running to three different rooms from the hallway behind (the woman),” an officer noted in the incident report.
The woman told officers she did not think it was wrong to use her neighbors’ electricity because no one told her she could not.
Both victims were notified of the warrants process, the police report states. No mention of arrests were made.
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