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Police: Woman Powers Home with Neighbor's Electric Meter

A Largo woman was charged with stealing the meter from a vacant residence and using it to power her home after she couldn't pay her bill, according to police.

An unemployed Largo woman is accused of stealing an electric meter from a vacant residence and using it to provide electricity to her home, according to an arrest affidavit.

Anne Louise Schaffner, 52, is accused of entering a vacant residence in her neighborhood and taking the electric meter, Largo Police said. Then she allegedly placed the neighbor's meter on her own residence so she could have electricity.

After she was arrested, Schaffner admitted to stealing the meter, "for the sole purpose of producing electricity for her own residence. (Schaffner) admitted that she could not pay her own electric bill, which drove her to the theft," according to a police report.

The total value of the electricity lost was $519.90, and the meter was valued at $49, police said.

Schaffner was arrested Jan. 9 on the charges of grand theft and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling. She was awaiting trial as of Jan. 10 at Pinellas County Jail. Total bond was set at $12,000, according to online Pinellas County Sheriff's records.

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Claire January 12, 2013 at 04:23 AM
Maybe if some of these agencies that are out there to help, would ACTUALLY help people, things like this wouldnt happen. But they open these agencies, open an office, get a phone and tell everyone they can't help anyone all the while taking donations. My fiance became disabled 12 years ago after a horrible accident. He was a hard working, wonderful person. Now living on disability trying to have a halfway decent place to live is impossible. About twice a year for the last 12 years when we get behind we have called all these agencie, they say the same thing EVERY time. Can't help you. We had help ONE time. ONE TIME. Why are these agencies here???

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