By Patrick Yost
A Smyrna Ga. man was arrested and charged with theft of services after he allegedly filled a tanker truck with Rutledge water from a fire hydrant.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Jose Alexis Rodriguez, 25, was arrested by Morgan County authorities after they responded to a complaint from a Rutledge city official that he had observed Rodriguez connect a hose from a fire hydrant at the intersection of Newborn and Davis Academy roads.
Reports state that the deputy noted that there was no meter between the hydrant and the hose. Authorities estimate that approximately 500 gallons of city water was pumped onto a tank on back of a pick up truck at the location.
City officials estimate 500 gallons of water is worth $5 but are not sure how many times the tank was filled..
Rodriguez allegedly told investigators his employer with an underground cable company had instructed him to get water from a fire hydrant.
The theft of water is a misdemeanor charge. Rodriguez was transported to the Morgan County Detention Center, booked and incarcerated.