Busted for Wastewater Tampering

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 05:11 PM gHale

A Panama City, FL, woman is facing charges of tampering with several wastewater systems in Bay County.

Carmen Teresa Sapp, 33, ended up arrested Nov. 16 after a multiagency investigation into a woman tampering with various municipal lift stations, said Panama City Beach police.

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Sapp ended up captured on surveillance video at a business in Panama City as well the Panama City Beach Waste Water Treatment Facility, officials said.

Sapp entered a facility in Panama City and in Panama City Beach and turned off the power, according to incident reports and her arrest affidavits.

Had the facilities alarms not gone off and alerted city officials to the problem, Sapp’s actions could have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, the police reports said.

Through the dissemination of the suspect photos, Sapp was identified and charged with nine counts of burglary, attempted criminal mischief of more than $1,000, six counts of tampering with public facilities and six counts of tampering with the sewage system. She was in the Bay County Jail to await a court appearance.

“The results of (Sapp’s) actions, if not for the emergency response from utility employees, would have adversely affected neighboring residents, public waterways, as well as city roadways by the dispersion of raw sewage, causing health hazards to the community,” officers wrote in their report.

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