CHAMBLEE, Ga. — A Georgia man was arrested in November for stealing five cents worth of electricity to charge his electric vehicle at a middle school where his 11-year-old son was playing tennis, according to WXIA.
According to the report, Kaveh Kamooneh drove his Nissan Leaf to Chamblee Middle School and took the liberty of charging his vehicle with an exterior power outlet at the school.
Within a few minutes of Kamooneh plugging up his car an officer, Sgt. Ernesto Ford, arrived.
In the officer’s report, Kamooneh was described as being uncooperative.
Kamooneh told WXIA he charged his car for 20 minutes, drawing about a five cents worth of electricity. Don Francis of Clean Cities Atlanta, an electric vehicle advocacy group, says the estimate of five cents is accurate.
Kamooneh was not arrested on the spot. The officer filed a police report and 11 days passed before officers came to arrest the man at his home in Decatur, Ga.
Records show Kamooneh spent more than 15 hours in the DeKalb County Jail.
“A theft is a theft,” Sgt. Ford said. When asked if he’d make the arrest again, he answered: “Absolutely.”