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Entergy tracks 5,000 cases of stolen electricity

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Entergy spokesperson Mara Hartmann said the latest numbers show electricity theft is more common than many people think. Entergy spokesperson Mara Hartmann said the latest numbers show electricity theft is more common than many people think.

(WMC-TV) - Most people pay for the electric meters that bring electricity into their homes, but there are a lot of people who steal for the same privilege.

Apparently, police find stolen meters during drug busts often. Entergy spokesperson Mara Hartmann said the latest numbers show electricity theft is more common than many people think.

"We had about 5,000 cases of stolen electricity. That might be meter tampering. That might be electrical theft of some sort, meter theft and so forth," said Hartmann.

Those thousands of cases are only from one county. Hartmann said electric theft impacts not only your bill but other services, as well.

"Entergy pays a franchise fee to every municipality that we're in, in the state of Mississippi, and that money goes to bridges and roads and parks and so forth. And it's based on the amount of electricity sold," said Hartmann.

Entergy, like most utilities, has a department that investigates electricity and meter theft. Those departments work with law enforcement officers who will often look for homes pirating power. Customer help is also appreciated.

"We encourage our meter readers, when they are out in the field, what to look for. There are a variety of ways we look for this because this is a very serious crime," said Hartmann.

Hartmann said those who steal are taking a gamble with their lives.

"If it's not hooked up, electricity is very dangerous. It's very volatile and you could hurt or kill yourself," she said.

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