Stolen Water Service Lands Man in Jail


A LaPorte man was arrested on Sunday after reportedly stealing water service from the City of LaPorte.

LaPorte police were called to a 4-unit apartment at 101 Bond Street after a complaint was filed about theft of water services.

Police learned that the water service had been turned off to the apartment. Several notices had been given to the tenant that it was unlawful to turn on the water unless it was done by an employee with the water department.

Officers spoke to the tenant, David A. Laneve, 47, who admitted to installing an additional pipe between the city’s line and the one that feeds his apartment and removed the plug installed by the water department, according to a news release. He also reportedly admitted to using the water to bathe and to use the toilet.

Laneve was arrested on a preliminary charge of theft, a Class A misdemeanor.