Julie M. Rodriguez

Electric Car Owner Arrested After “Stealing” 5 Cents Worth of Power

by , 12/05/13

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A father in Chamblee, Georgia was arrested in November for plugging in his Nissan Leaf  at his son’s school while the 11-year-old played tennis. Kaveh Kamooneh arrived early on a Saturday morning and, since the building and lot were empty, he plugged his car into an exterior wall socket for 20 minutes without asking for permission. An officer soon appeared, and told Kahmooneh that he was being charged with theft for using the school’s electricity. The total value of the power that Kamnooneh used? About 5 cents.


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Photo © Myrtle Beach The Digitel

The officer eventually let Kamooneh go, but immediately went back to the station to file a police report. A warrant was issued for Kamooneh’s arrest, and 11 days later, the police showed up at his house to take him into custody, without even asking the school district if it was interested in prosecuting the case. Altogether, he ended up spending about 15 hours in jail for charging his car so he could run errands after tennis practice.

Given that most US cities don’t exactly have designated electric vehicle charging stations set up, it’s not clear what a driver in need of a little boost is supposed to do when they need power to get home. If he’d plugged his laptop or cell phone in behind the school, it’s unlikely law enforcement would have cared — so why are electric cars different? Kahmooneh has vowed to fight the charges. Electric car owners everywhere should pay close attention to the verdict in this case.

Via 11Alive

Lead photo © Nic McPhee

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5 Comments

  1. Doogiebo December 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    It is a good thing we have the department of “Public Safety” protecting us in this way! Do you suppose this officer really had the authority to intervene in this case? What do you suppose motivated him to presume he needed to protect the public in this capacity?

    Stealing? Seriously? Give me a break. Sorry, but that is pathetic.

  2. tony myers December 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    He didn’t ask permission and was told by school not to park there. According to the police report, he argued with the officer and accused him of damaging the car.

  3. Joshua Morgan December 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Stealing 5c is still stealing and its wrong. Love electric cars but hate thieves.

  4. quatermass December 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Surely

  5. cometcollie December 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

    .
    just because one is an environmental elitist, and therefore the bearer of an aura of entitlement, does not justify theft. what I find disturbing is not the prosecution for theft, because that is inarguable, but that the car owner felt morally correct in taking the power in the first place.
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