5-8.01    Tampering: Prohibited

5-8.02    Tampering: Proof of Guilt

5-8.01 Tampering: Prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person, with intent to injure or defraud, to have in his possession a machine, appliance, contrivance, or device of any character used, or intended to be used, to prevent a gas, water, or electric meter from correctly registering the gas, water or electricity passing through such meter or to divert gas, water or electricity which should pass through such meter.

(Sec. 1, Ord. 145, thereafter codified in Sec. 15.14, E.T.C.)

5-8.02 Tampering: Proof of Guilt.

In any prosecution for the violations of the provisions of this chapter, proof that any of the acts set forth in Section 5-8.01 of this chapter was performed upon the premised used or occupied by the defendant charged with such violation, and proof that he received or would have the benefit of any such gas, water, or electricity without having to pay therefor, shall be prima facie evidence of the guilt of such defendant.

(Sec. 2, Ord. 145, thereafter codified in Sec. 15.15, E.T.C.)