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Jonesboro man charged with multiple utility services thefts in Baxter County

Travis M. Russell (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Dept.) Travis M. Russell (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Dept.)
BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

The Baxter County Sheriff's Office filed multiple charges against a man who is a Jonesboro resident.

The charges against Travis Michael Russell include numerous incidents of theft of utility services and damage to utility company equipment.

According to Baxter Count Sheriff John Montgomery, the incidents took place from April 2014 to Dec. 2014.

The first incident was reported on April 7 by the Mountain Home Water Department. An employee reported that a water meter at the 2000-block of Glenbriar Place had been bypassed. This was a residence Russell once lived in. The estimated amount of water loss by the theft and damage to the meter was over $660, according to Sheriff Montgomery.

On May 5, a Northeast Arkansas Electric Cooperate employee reported their pad lock and meter seal had been cut and the meter jumped and damaged at another residence Russell once lived in. The estimated amount of electricity lost by theft and damage to the equipment was over $3,000.

A Northeast Arkansas Electric Cooperative employee reported on Dec. 2 that while he was performing service work at a mobile home park on Highway 5, he found that a meter had been "jumped" and 2 others had been cut. Another complaint in that area was reported on Dec. 30.

Investigators found that Russell had been employed by the property owner of this park but had been discharged.

Montgomery said the loss from the theft of services and property damage at all locations was estimated to be over $7,000.

Sheriff's investigators obtained a bench warrant for the arrest of Russell. He is currently being held in the Baxter County Detention Center on unrelated charges of revocation of probation and delivery of a controlled substance.

Russell's new charges include 6 counts of damaging fixtures of a power company, 7 counts of felony theft of services and misdemeanor theft of services, theft of property and criminal mischief.

Russell has a bond of $17,500 on the new charges, but continues to be held without bond on the revocation charge, according to Montgomery.

He will appear in Circuit Court later in February.

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