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UPDATE: Dubuque man accused of stealing more than 21 million gallons of water

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Millions of gallons of water were allegedly stolen from the city of Dubuque.

The man accused of first-degree theft is 56-year-old Micheal Friederick, the former owner of Table Mound Mobile Home Park, who was arrested this past weekend.

People in the community reacting to the news that he allegedly tampered with water meters to get lower readings.

"My jaw dropped...my jaw dropped," said one woman.

According to the criminal complaint, Friederick stole more than more than $176,000 in city water over four years dating back to 2012.

Some people at the park saying they feel cheated. Many decided to remain anonymous while speaking to KWWL.

"My fiance and I would get a letter in the mail stating lot rent would go up $10 to $15 a year due to water usage in the park -- as of washing people's cars, watering flowers, filling pools, showers, doing laundry, just doing little simple things like that, and he would raise it, every year."

During this time, city water employees noticed many inconsistencies. According to court documents, total water water usage for the park is about 34,000 gallons of water per day. However, during one particular time period in 2015, the average reading was only about 18,000 gallons.

Court documents further state, Friederick had the only key with access to the water meters. Investigators also have Friederick on city cameras entering an area multiple times where the meters are located. 

Friederick is also charged with ongoing criminal conduct.


A Dubuque man is facing first-degree theft charges after allegedly stealing more than 21.5 million gallons of water from the city.

Michael Frederick, owner of the Table Mound Trailer Park, was arrested Sunday night.

According to court documents, Frederick was allegedly stealing water over a four-year period, starting in September 2012.

City employees allege water usage only reached one million or more gallons 10 out of the 51 months Frederick owned the trailer park, compared to 67 out of the previous 70 months with a different owner.

In all, the city says Frederick's alleged theft cost the city nearly $177,000.

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