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8/22/2014 6:00:00 AM
Power grab sparks arrest of woman
Melissa Renee Walls
Melissa Renee Walls

KINGMAN - A Kingman woman whose power was shut off allegedly stole several valuable items - twice - from an elderly neighbor, including a generator she used to provide electricity.

Melissa Renee Walls, 36, was taken into custody late Tuesday morning at her home in the 3800 block of Northern Avenue after deputies spotted an allegedly stolen generator on her back porch.

They responded to a burglary report moments earlier at a home in the 3700 block of Butler Avenue. The 72-year-old caller told deputies he reported a burglary on Monday and was victimized a second time that day.

The first incident involved the theft of a paint sprayer, a pressure washer and a generator. The second incident, according to the victim, involved the theft of an air compressor.

Deputies reportedly looked at locks and latches on a pair of sheds and a recreational vehicle on the victim's property that have been broken by bolt cutters.

When deputies walked the alley and spotted the generator, they also noticed a power pole in the yard had a red tag on the service disconnect box, which indicates power has been cut of, and another box that had wires hanging from it, which indicated to the deputies a possible illegal hookup.

A UniSource technician arrived and confirmed power was supposed to be off and that the wiring job was unsafe and hazardous.

As the technician worked, Walls reportedly drove up and got out of her car.

Deputies advised Walls that there might be stolen items on her property. She reportedly told them she found the generator in the alley.

Deputies obtained a search warrant and the subsequent search allegedly revealed bolt cutters and a red Husky air compressor that allegedly matched the victim's description, as did a blue generator on the back porch.

Walls was charged with possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

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