Man charged with stealing electricity from nearby home

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.

A man accused of stealing electricity from a vacant home near his was arrested by Gainesville police Friday night.

Adam Leon Henderson, 35, of 2008 NW 40th Terrace, told police he was having financial difficulties and that he and his wife have substance abuse problems.

Henderson was charged with burglary and theft of a utility.

The victim is in the process of selling her home and has not lived in it since December, but her electricity bill reached $318, an arrest report states.

Henderson and his wife reportedly went inside a shed on the victim’s property and accessed a power outlet. The report states an extension cord was connected from the outlet to his home to power a refrigerator.

Meanwhile, a witness who knew that Henderson was stealing power said he saw Henderson pulling the extension cord back into his house and confronted him on Feb. 21.

The victim and her daughter then spoke to Henderson and his wife, who said they would pay back the cost of electricity. They failed to do that and the victim called police.

Henderson told police he could not afford to pay his electric bill, the arrest report states.

Henderson’s arrest report lists his wife as a co-defendant. However, the Alachua County jail has no record of her arrest.

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