Dec 4, 2012 9:33 PM by David Ortiviz

Inspectors say house stole power with jumper cables

Inspectors say a housing complex in Pueblo was stealing power with jumper cables before getting caught last week. It was happening at 415 W. 8th St., which is now posted as unsafe to occupy.

A tenant told us he paid the landlord rent and utilities, but the power was shut off last Wednesday. The regional building department inspected and says they discovered someone had used jumper cables to bypass the meters and steal electricity.

"They're not designed for that voltage. It could have shorted out very easily against the edge of one of the panels. There were also using just a wire that was designed for to carry a circuit in a building to feed all four units. So it was extremely overloaded," said J.D. Potter, an assistant building official with the Regional Building Department.

Back in February another tenant told News 5 the landlord, Joshua Sutton, shut off the power and locked everyone out leaving 17 people homeless. Sutton claims they weren't paying rent.

Sutton is currently in jail on unrelated assault charges.



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