Second arrest made in water stealing investigation

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A second arrest has been made in Jackson’s water theft investigation. However, an employee placed on administrative leave last week in connection with water theft has yet to turn his or herself in to face charges.

Yesterday, the Jackson Police Department announced that they had arrested Justin Jones, 28, of Jackson, in connection with stealing water. Authorities say the resident had been stealing water for years and was able to do it by bypassing the water meter.

The meter reads water usage, data which is used by the city to determine a customer’s water fees.

Jones is facing a felony count of grand larceny.

This is the second arrest in just as many weeks. Last week, Jessie Jones, 37, was also arrested and charged with grand larceny in connect with bypassing a meter.

Sgt. Roderick Holmes, JPD spokesman, said the suspects are related, but did not know how.

He did not know when the employee would be arrested.

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