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Power-hungry thieves target doctor's office in theft of electricity meters

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BATON ROUGE – Less than a day after a WBRZ report highlighted a dangerous theft ring, thieves struck again.

Tuesday morning, a doctor's office and another business on Picardy were without power due to thieves stealing the power meter from the panel on the side of the building. Pictures taken by WBRZ reporter Brittany Weiss showed pieces of the meter missing.

Monday, Entergy and DEMCO revealed details about a theft circuit – done to get free electricity at a location that is connected to the grid but has had the power turned off.

"It's a consistent issue we face on a regular basis, daily weekly and monthly," Entergy's Greg Guilbeau said in the original report. CLICK HERE to see the Monday night story.

According to Entergy, over the past year, they've investigated 40 cases of stolen electrical meters in the Baton Rouge area. This year alone, there have been 16 cases. 

DEMCO reported far fewer, but said it is aware of the problem.

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