Rio Dell man arrested after alleged multiple water thefts

RIO DELL - A Rio Dell man was arrested after authorities discovered multiple thefts of water.

Darren Gallagher was cited but not taken into custody.  Water service at his Wildwood Avenue residence had been turned off for non-payment. On March 3, authorities discovered a locked shut-off valve was tampered with and Gallagher had unlawfully resumed using water. Utility crews disabled the water service again. Yesterday, officials found service had been reconnected using an un-metered pipe.

That pipe was removed and a request for prosecution has been forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.