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Meter-tapping draws charges
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DARLINGTON - Two Benton women were charged July 16 with fraudulent meter-tapping, criminal damage to property and theft for allegedly tampering with their residence's electrical meter and stealing electricity. Elizabeth K. Davey, 25, and Amy M. Gregory, 27, damaged their meter and its socket and lock, all of which belong to the Village of Benton, and defrauded the village of electrical current by manipulating the meter without permission, court documents indicate. According to police files, the village had previously shut off power and water to the residence due to unpaid utility bills.