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Cuyahoga Falls Police on Tuesday arrested a Tallmadge man who is accused of illegally obtaining electricity at a Cuyahoga Falls home, an issue which authorities discovered following a fire at the house last month.
Ralph Gironda, 57, is charged with one count of felony theft and one count of tampering with a utility meter.
An investigation was launched on March 13 after the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department responded to a Theiss Road house fire on Feb. 25, according to a news release from the Falls Police Department.
It was discovered that the fire stemmed from illegal electric wiring hooked up to bypass the electric meter at the house, the news release stated. An audit of electricity used at the residence showed that as much as $5,000 in electricity was allegedly stolen during the last several years, according to the news release.
Gironda was arraigned in Stow Municipal Court.
The fire on Feb. 25 caused $1,000 in damage, according to a Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department official.
Falls Fire Lt. Tim Mier said the fire was reported by a passerby at 11:23 a.m.
No one was at home at the time of the blaze, Mier said, and there were no injuries.