Two Men Caught Stealing Electricity At Tabuan Tranquility

KUCHING, 5 MARCH 2019, TUESDAY – Two men were caught tampering with the wiring system of a customer’s house at Tabuan Tranquility during a recent anti-power theft ambush operation.

The two suspects, aged 47 and 33 years, are believed to be operating an illegal business providing electricity theft services. They were detained at the scene and later taken into police custody for further investigation. The tools used in the crime were seized as evidence.

The arrest was made possible after months of surveillance by the anti-power theft team consisting of personnel from Sarawak Energy utility arm Syarikat SESCO Berhad (SESCO), Electrical Inspectorate Unit (EIU) of the Ministry of Utilities and the police.

It was learnt that the two suspects had been performing illegal connection of supply and manipulating electricity meter readings from a public tip off.

Close surveillance results indicate that this illegal activity is high in Tabuan Tranquility and nearby areas, prompting Sarawak Energy to conduct more anti-power theft operations there.

Based on police information, one of the suspects is also wanted for other criminal cases and the Magistrate has granted four days remand to the police for further investigation. It is believed that this case may lead to more arrests of others involved.

The house owner has also been called in by the police to assist in the investigation. From information gathered, the house owner is believed to have used the illegal service since 2017 and had never applied for electricity connection, avoiding payment for monthly electricity bills. Based on the supply loading measured at the premises during the raid, the electricity consumption for the premises is quite high, and estimated to reach RM800 per month. The utility will recover the charges for the stolen electricity from the customer based on estimated consumption for the two years of illegal supply.

Sarawak Energy will continue to work closely with the police and reminds its customers that subscribing to or committing this illegal activity is a crime under Section 33(5) of the Electricity Ordinance, which carries a penalty of RM100,000 and/or five years’ imprisonment if found guilty.

Stealing electricity endangers lives, can damage customers’ electrical appliances and even cause fire to the premises.

Members of the public can continue to report on any power theft information via the Sarawak Energy hotline at 082-443535. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

The two men in the midst of tampering with the wiring system at the meter cabinet of the house

One of the suspects caught

Illegal connection found at the meter cabinet that supplies electricity to the house

The tools seized at the scene of the crime