Police say and Allentown man has stolen nearly $3,000 worth of water from the city over four years.
After an investigation by Allentown water officials, police started surveillance on a residence at 328 S. 16th St.
Officials had turned off the water to that home for non-compliance with city utility regulations.
Police watched Daniel Nieves, 46, walk from his house to the curb, and using a large metal curb key, accessed the water supply shut-off valve and activated water service to his home.
Further investigation showed the water meter inside the home had been tampered with. It was determined that inaccurate readings date back to May 23, 2008.
Water officials calculated that the City of Allentown was not paid for $2,936.94 in water services from Nieves' home.
On Wednesday, Nieves was arrested and charged with theft by deception, theft of services and possessing instruments of crime.
He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.