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Business owner convicted of stealing electricity

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Business owner Christopher Robinson, aged 50, was recently convicted of stealing electricity at City Gym in Worcester.

The former gym owner was found guilty of illegally abstracting electricity between December 2013 and January 2015.

Prison sentence and community service

Stealing energy at a gym in Worcester

Image credit: Worcester News

His sentence? 6 weeks in prison as well as an order to complete unpaid work. For the sake of saving a bit of money on the bills for his business, Robinson ended up with a hefty price to pay.

The court is now seeking to recover the cost of the crime from him using his own assets.

Robinson is due in court in September 2019 to finalise recovering the money owed.

Whether or not he was aware of the safety risks involved in abstracting electricity for his business, Robinson put the users of his gym in danger every day by messing with his electricity supply.

The risks of energy theft are very real

Chris Robinson found guilty of stealing electricity

Image credit: Worcester News

Mr Robinson was lucky that nobody was killed. In another recent  case a boy was killed in a pub garden due to the massive electric shock he received as a result of meter tampering. So the cost could have been much, much higher.

Being put at risk by the business owners in your area – that you should be able to trust – is selfish  and dangerous.

Don’t let them get away with it

If you have any suspicions about the places you regularly visit, say something.

Reporting is 100% anonymous and helps keep yourself, and your community, safe.

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Meter cheating means tampering with the meter so it doesn’t record how much electricity or gas is being used or trying to bypass the meter completely.

If you spot energy theft anywhere, report it anonymously now.