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Westar reports electrical meter tampering resulting in possible $8,000 theft

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013, at 11:28 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, May 19, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.


A resident allegedly has been stealing electricity from Westar Energy worth as much as $8,000 over the past seven years, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The company reported that a person living in the 200 block of East 85th Street South had stolen the electricity, by tampering with an electrical meter, between November 2006 and Sept. 3 of this year, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Deputies went to the address and found that a hole had been drilled in the meter and a wire inserted to stop the meter from running,” the office said.

Sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly commented to reporters: “I didn’t know you could that to a meter.”

There has been no arrest, and the case remains under investigation, Mattingly said.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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