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Police: Lawrenceville man busted tapping fire hydrant to fill pool

Richard Isaac

Richard Isaac

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police arrested a Lawrenceville man this week on charges he siphoned 5,000 gallons of county water from a fire hydrant in an attempt to fill his swimming pool.

A neighbor called police just before midnight Tuesday to report Richard Isaac, 51, was stealing water to fill the backyard pool at his Mint Julep Court home.

A responding officer found a hose connected to the fire hydrant in question with an adapter, then followed it to Isaac's abode. Isaac tried to explain to police he was simply being frugal, according to a Gwinnett police report.

"Isaac told me that the last two times he filled his swimming pool it was too expensive, so this time he bought an adapter and connected his water hose to the fire hydrant," an officer wrote. "I explained to (him) that the fire hydrant was for emergencies."

The officer determined that Isaac's 25,000-gallon pool was about a fifth full. Isaac told police he had no permit to use the water, which was tapped from the county's system, the report says.

Isaac was arrested on misdemeanor theft charges and booked at the Gwinnett County Jail. He was also cited for attaching a hose to a fire hydrant when prohibited.

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Julie 2 years, 7 months ago

I DEMAND AS A GWINNETT TAX PAYER THAT HE ALSO HAS TO PAY FOR THE WATER HE STOLE THE WATER FROM US THE LAW ABIDING PEOPLE I WANT TO KNOW AND SEE WHERE HE IS BILLED. i CALL UPON THE GWINNETT COUNT POST THAT COVERED THIS STORY TO CONTINUE THIS INVESTIGATION ON THE CHARGES OF THIS WATER. IF I HAD TO PAY FOR A FLAT TIRE ON MY CAR ON THE DRIVE WAY I EXPECT TO SEE HIM TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS DEBT HE OWES..

i AM OTHERS WILL BE WATCH THIS PAPER FOR THE AMOUNT OF ALL CHARGES AND THE COUNTY WATER BILL SENT TO HIM..WE WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH THE WATER DEPT AND THE GWINNETT FIRE DEPT ON THE AMOUNT HE PAID AND MAKE SURE HE DID HAVE TO PAY FOR THE AMOUNT STOLEN FROM THIS COUNTY. .I WILL KEEP FACE BOOK ALON WITH OTHER PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THIS BILL TO BE SENT TO HIM NOTIFIED OF THE ABOVE. TAX PAYERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS IF IT WAS A LEEK IN MY HOME I WOULD HAVE TO AND HAVE HAD TO SO WE EXPECT THE SAME FROM THIS THIEF. WILL BE LOOKING OR I WILL BE CALLING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

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Thom 2 years, 7 months ago

By the time he gets done with the court case and penalties that little increase in his water bill will seem like a good deal.

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