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Minnesota man sentenced in second electricity theft conviction

Forum News Service WILLMAR, Minn. -- A Spicer, Minn., man has been convicted of bypassing his electricity meter to steal more than $10,000 worth of electricity during the course of four years. Terry Dean Johnson, 67, pleaded guilty last month to ...

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WILLMAR, Minn. - A Spicer, Minn., man has been convicted of bypassing his electricity meter to steal more than $10,000 worth of electricity during the course of four years.

Terry Dean Johnson, 67, pleaded guilty last month to a felony for the theft of services and was sentenced Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court to five years of supervised probation. As part of his sentencing, he will have to pay restitution, plus a $1,000 fine, and write a letter of apology to the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office was first alerted to the situation in June 2013. According to court documents, the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative provided detectives with reports showing that Johnson had been receiving zero usage reports, and therefore no billing, for electrical usage in his residence.

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Zero usage reports mean more than just not turning on the lights. It’s the equivalent of pulling the electrical breaker in a home, common behavior for winterized cabins or summer homes.

But law enforcement suspected Johnson was occupying the home because they had responded to disputes at the home during that time period. According to court documents, employment records also showed a resident of the home was working in Willmar during that time period.

Court records show Johnson was previously convicted of electricity theft in Redwood County in April 2014.

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