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Tenant charged with stealing electricity from neighbors

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Myrtle Beach man has been arrested and charged after his landlord noticed he was stealing electricity from his neighbors.

A property owner for a set of homes on 28th Avenue North called police on Dec. 18, 2012 to report that the tenant in Unit E was running an extension cord from his neighbors outlets into his home.

Following the cord, they discovered the extension cord was used to power the man's microwave and other appliances, the Myrtle Beach Police incident report states. The tenants in the unit he was siphoning electricity from were on vacation and the landlord told police this was not the first time he had noticed this behavior.

Unfortunately the suspect wasn't home at the time the report was made.

Now nearly four months after this theft was reported, 31-year-old Michael Wixted Faile of Myrtle Beach has been arrested and charged with two counts of theft of electric current. He is also charged with shoplifting and breach of trust for the theft of items from Walmart in mid December 2012. His bond has not been set.

Neighbors in the area say they are shocked at the different ways people seem to be coming up with to get things for free. Marcus Gill lives nearby and says he's been the victim of a cable theif but never anything like this.

"People that are hard working like me and my girlfriend get up at 6.a.m. everyday to go to work and this kind of thing puts a damper on our spirits."

Santee Cooper says it has no way of knowing whether people are wrongfully using your electricity but to protect yourself you can purchase a lockable outdoor outlet cover for a small price from the hardware store.

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