Three Chattooga County residents were recently arrested following an investigation by the Georgia Insurance & Fire Safety Commissioners Office and Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a house fire that happened on February 8th.
Insurance Commissioner John King says the three stand accused of stealing electricity from Georgia Power, which led to a house fire that destroyed the home they were living in. According to King, on February 24th, investigators with his office assisted with the arrest of 47 year old Jonathan Stricklin; Jimmy Stricklin Jr., 54; and Janice Stricklin, age 78. All three individuals face one count of Theft of Services.
King said the structure, which was located at 169 Wild Life Lake Road in Summerville, ,was completely destroyed by the fire, which started as a direct result of the illegal connection of the utility. King claims money in the sum of $7,694.57 was allegedly stolen from the power company, adding “Stealing power is not only an incredibly dangerous practice; it is a felony charge that brings a prison sentence of one to ten years.”
The three family members were booked into the Chattooga County Detention Center where Janice Stricklin posted bond – both Jimmy Stricklin Jr. and Jonathan Stricklin remain behind bars.
(WZQZ Chattooga County Radio)