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Northeast Alabama man accused of stealing 240,000 gallons of water

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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WRCB) -- Agents from the DeKalb County Drug Task Force went to a residence on County Road 351 in the Whiton Community in search of William Andrew Baker on an active felony warrant stemming from a drug arrest in 2010.

What they found has put Baker into a lot more hot water. 

The 57 year old Alabama man was also wanted for questioning involving water theft from a main water line belonging to Northeast Alabama Water District.

According to a report filed with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, the DeKalb County Road Department was grading on county road 351 when an operator hit a main water line.

Northeast Alabama Water District was contacted and upon arrival, discovered that the main had been tapped into by an unauthorized individual and was supplying water illegally to a residence listed to Baker.

Water service had previously been terminated to this residence due to theft of services three times in 2010.

240,000 gallons of water valued at $1,290 was stolen from the water main, according to officials.

Baker interviewed and arrested on the felony warrant as well as being charged with Theft of Services 2nd Degree. He is currently in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting bond.

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