Woman accused of tampering with wastewater systems

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A Panama City woman is accused of tampering with several waste water systems in Bay County. 

Panama City Beach police officers said they arrested 33-year-old Carmen Teresa Sapp after a multiagency investigation into a woman tampering with various municipal lift stations. 

Sapp was captured on surveillance video at a business in Panama City as well the Panama City Beach Waste Water Treatment Facility, officials wrote. According to incident reports and her arrest affidavits Sapp entered a facility in Panama City and in Panama City Beach and turned off the power. 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 reports state. 

Through the dissemination of the suspect photos, Sapp was identified and charged with two counts of burglary and was transported to the Bay County Jail to await first appearance Wednesday afternoon.

“This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are expected,” officials added.   

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