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Nissan Leaf owner arrested for stealing electricity

Thu, 05 Dec 2013

File this under a problem we’ll see more of in the future: An Atlanta Nissan Leaf owner was arrested for stealing five, count ‘em, five cents-worth of electricity from his child’s middle school last month, according to NBC 11 Alive.

Kaveh Kamooneh was at Chamblee Middle School where his son was playing tennis. Kamooneh saw the open outlet and figured he’d grab a few electrons while he watched the game. Within minutes, according to NBC 11, the police showed up.

“He said that he was going to charge me with theft by taking because I was taking power, electricity, from the school,” Kamooneh said to NBC 11 in Atlanta. He said he had been plugged in for about 20 minutes, draining about 5 cents worth of power.

The police left without arresting Kamooneh that day, but they showed up at his door 11 days later to finish the job. He was arrested at night and spent 15 hours in lockup. He also had to pay a fine, according to NBC.

The news site polled its readers about the arrest, and more than 90 percent responded that it was “overkill.”

Check out the rest of the story here.

By Jake Lingeman