Man accused of stealing $1,000 worth of powerWritten by Donna De Jesus
Guam - After a Guam Power Authority investigator reported a blank power meter at the Taitano Apartments in Mangilao, a meter electrician found that it had been tampered with, giving one unit $1,000 worth of free power.
Court documents state that the meter had white and green wires with electrical tape connected to the back. The tenant, identified as 64-year-old Peter Marriott, initially claimed his unit was without power and he was not aware of any tampered meter.
Police interviewed other witnesses, who confirmed Marriott’s unit had power the previous day, and even noticed the unit having power since at least April. Marriott later admitted to having power but did not know how it came back on.
The GPA investigator reported the blank meter in February, explaining it was either tampered with or defective. The meter’s value, a magistrate report says, is about $485, and the free power Marriott was getting was worth at least $1,000, inclusive of disconnection and reconnection fees.
Marriott was charged with theft, theft of utilities, and criminal mischief.