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Campbell water theft investigation expands

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CAMPBELL, Ohio - On Saturday, Campbell's police chief and Sergeant John Rusnak responded to a call by residents and found Leonard Villars and Phillip Stratus, who work for Odyssey Environmental Services, pumping water out of a fire hydrant into a tanker truck on Wilson Street. 

Sergeant Rusnak says the men claimed they were doing work for Campbell but oddly enough they didn't know where.

"When we inquired further they had no idea where their job was, which caused more suspicion being that you're here to do a job but you don't know where it's at," Rusnak said. 

Sergeant Rusnak said the men didn't have a meter to measure the water, no work order, and no signed contract. He adds when one of the owners showed up his story changed also. 

On Saturday Steven Gruber, the President of Odyssey Environmental Services, said the city administrator gave his company permission to use the water, however Judy Clement said that was absolutely not true. Clement said she would never authorize the use of water without it being metered. 

According to Campbell Police, Leonard Villers told them he had done this several times before, but did not know where the water was being taken or what it was being used for. The investigation has broadened to determine if this was a common practice. The city has been trying to determine why water has been missing. 

"We took at least one witness's sworn statement that states they have been in the city in the past and have seen the taking of water," Rusnak said. 

 Odyssey Environmental Services has not responded to requests for an interview.  Both employees will be formally charged in court Tuesday morning. 
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