Landis man charged with stealing power from town for nearly 2 years
LANDIS — Landis Police say a Landis businessman has been illegally obtaining more than $3,000 in electricity for nearly two years from the town.
Ronald Daniel, of the 200 block of West Ryder Avenue, Landis, was charged Monday with one count of felony obtaining property/services under false pretenses and one misdemeanor count of tampering with a utility meter. The meter was at his West Ryder Avenue home, Detective Roger Hosey said in a statement.
Landis employee Brian Brown discovered that the meter at the Ryder Avenue home had been illegally modified. Brown said a dog at the property chased him as he was trying to examine the meter. Daniel was seen near the meter at the backyard only moments later, Brown told authorities.
Police investigators reviewed utility records and discovered tampering had begun in late 2011. The suspect obtained $3,671.84 in power over a 22-month period.
Daniel is owner of Landis Pawn & Jewelry. Authorities checked, but there was no evidence of tampering at the business.
Investigators found further evidence of tampering, including a broken meter seal, after a search warrant was issued.
Daniel has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center under a $2,500 secured bond.