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Nigerian faces US$350,000 power theft charge

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Police here have arrested Nigerian national David Lee for allegedly committing power theft in the tone of US$350,000.00.Police authorities told journalists Monday, 22 October that their preliminary probe revealed that suspect Lee is a resident of Center Street, Monrovia, hired by one Johnny to be identified to carry on the power theft.

He was arrested last Thursday, 18 October, investigated and charged with theft of property, economic sabotage/fraud on the internal revenue of Liberia and criminal trespass, respectively.He was arrested during a normal police and Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) Power Theft Team’s patrol between Center and Benson Streets.

At the time of his arrest, police say suspect Lee was on a light pole carrying on illegal connections.Police Spokesman Moses Carter says the suspect criminally connected to the LEC pole directly in his bedroom.

The suspect’s bedroom is allegedly used to connect other lines to supply power to residents of Benson Street who pay US$40.00 to the accused on a monthly basis.Police say they arrested the accused and retrieved from him several tools belonging to the LEC, including one plier and huge quantity of wires from several apartments in Central Monrovia.

By Winston W. Parley

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