Woman accused of stealing her neighbor’s electricity

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SAN DIEGO – A 45-year-old woman was jailed on suspicion of stealing utility service after an extension cord was found running from her home in San Diego’s Oak Park section to the home of a neighbor across the street, police said.

arrestĀ jailOfficers were sent around 3:10 p.m. Friday to the 5600 block of Redwood Street to investigate a report that a resident was stealing electricity from a neighbor, said San Diego police Officer David Stafford.

Upon arrival they found a 150- to 200-foot extension cord running across both lanes of Redwood from one residence to another, he said.

A witness said the cord had been in place for at least two weeks, Stafford said.

Officers arrested resident Darlene Armstrong on suspicion of theft of utility service, use of utilities without authorization and tampering with property used by the utility to provide service, he said.

Armstrong was jailed at the Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee in lieu of $500 bail, according to sheriff’s online jail records.

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