Electrician Charged With Stealing Electricity

Derby police say an electrical contractor used his expertise for no good.

Forty-five-year-old Andrew Natale, who lives in town, has been charged with larceny for allegedly bypassing his home's electricity meter and stealing about $13,500 worth of power dating back to 2003.

Natale posted $2,000 bail and is set to be arraigned Monday in Derby Superior Court. A message was left for Natale at his home Thursday morning.

Authorities say the arrest was the result of an investigation by police and the United Illuminating Co. They say a field worker discovered the problem.

UI spokesman Al Carbone says the illegal bypass was disconnected and reinstalled periodically. He says bypassing meters is dangerous and could cause electrocution or a fire.

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