Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-05-25 00:45:39 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — Higher electricity bill and random extension cord. That’s how a Kunia woman learned that someone was stealing her electricity.
Now she’s on the hook of a larger bill and is worried about safety.
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The victim never knew there was an extension cord until someone on the morning walk informed her about it. It ran all the way from the back of the Chantel Wells house to the ditch.
“There’s something like a homeless camp that lives here and there,” Wells said. “We usually see them in Wal-Mart bread handling.”
Wells says she hadn’t noticed the extension cord before.
“The back is really dark, so I think they’re doing it when we’re all sleeping,” she explains. “Sometimes I hear a sound from behind and keep telling me that someone is walking behind me. We go see it, but no one is watching it.”
But what she found was that her electricity bill was higher than usual in the last few months.
“Our bill is close to $ 200 a month,” she said. “I felt like something was happening, but I finally put it into action.”
She doesn’t know if other neighbors have experienced the same problem. For Wells, this is the first time it has happened to her personally, and she is worried.
“I have children,” Wells said. “If they feel comfortable jumping over the fence into our gated and locked area, it’s a little scary for me as a single parent. We’re just awesome, I think you know. They are comfortable taking electricity from us. What else can we do? “
Hawaiian Electric says these types of incidents are not uncommon. Customers need to be aware of the spike in usage and inspect their assets. According to the company, Wells did the right thing by reporting to the police. What about regaining overuse from theft?
A HECO spokeswoman said:
“Every electricity that exceeds the meter is the customer’s electricity. Therefore, the electricity used is no longer Hawaiian Electric. The customer needs to recoup the loss from the perpetrator.”
According to the Honolulu Police Department, the case is classified as a utility theft.
No arrests have been made at this time.
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