Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Squatter In Vacant Foreclosed Home Gets Busted By Cops, Not For Squatting, But For Theft Of Utilities After Using 56,000 Gallons Of Water Over 3-Month Period

In Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports:
  • A 46-year-old Fort Walton Beach woman was charged with theft of utilities after using 56,000 gallons of water from a foreclosed home where she was staying.

    She had her mail forwarded to the address on June 8, according to her Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. She’d been staying from since May 6 and continued to use the water there up until Aug. 8, the report said.

    Okaloosa Water and Sewer had locked the meter in June, but the lock was broken.

    The suspect told deputies she knew the house was under foreclosure and that she did not have an active account with the water and sewer department. She also knew the lock had been broken.

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