Five Blackpool business, including takeaways and a hotel, have been caught illegally tampering with their electricity.
The properties on Bond Street, Lytham Road and York Street were uncovered during a late night sting by Electricity North West and Blackpool Council.
It was the fourth time the agency and authority had carried out such an operation, which has so far revealed 35 businesses messing with their meters to reduce their electricity bills.
The latest five were caught on Thursday night. No charges have been brought against any of the firms involved.
Karen Ainsworth, revenue protection manager for Electricity North West, said: “Our tireless commitment to crack down on this crime should act as a warning to other businesses and residents who have tampered with their electricity.
“We take meter tampering very seriously and electricity abstraction is a criminal offence which puts the safety of tenants, businesses and the general public at great risk.
“We will continue to crack down on local businesses as it is unacceptable that honest bill-paying residents across the North West are effectively having to pay for others to have free electricity.”
Anyone with information on illegal connections can contact Electricity North West’s Revenue Protection Unit on (01772) 848 229 or visit www.enwl.co.uk.