Perhaps the Super Mario Brothers couldn’t have come up with this creation.
Police explained that making such a bypass to steal water is actually a felony charge. But stealing the water was not the only issue at hand.
“Of particular concern, given the shortages of water, [was] this little makeshift bypass splice device was leaking profusely and had saturated the ground all around the access cover,” Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan said.
Sullivan said detectives and code enforcement are currently working to determine whether additional charges should be placed on Smith for stealing the water or if someone else was responsible. Police are seeking one or two other individuals who were likely involved.