Woman and boyfriend charged with stealing electricity

A 38-year-old Bluffton woman was charged with electricity theft Friday, according to Beaufort County Sheriff's Office reports.

The woman was charged with theft of electrical current -- a misdemeanor -- after a SCE&G power box, which had been taken from a vacant real estate office on May River Road, was found at the woman's home by an SCE&G employee, according to the report.

The power box, which was "crudely" hung on a post outside her Scotia Street home, was hooked up to exposed electrical wires.

The woman told Sheriff's Office deputies that her power was shut off because she and her boyfriend had fallen on hard times financially and were unable to make their electric payments, the report said.

She told deputies her boyfriend came home one day with a new power box. The couple had used about $244 in stolen electricity before the theft was discovered, the report said.