A man from Nelson County was recently arrested due to a string of copper thefts. The suspect with the initials K.B. supposedly took down a power station in April and caused more than 1,000 Amherst County residents to lose electricity. The man is currently facing charges for grand larceny, felony property damage, and obtaining money by false pretenses. Allegedly he stole copper from the Appalachian Power station in Amherst. The power outage had serious repercussions. Because there was no power operating, many businesses lost hours of productive work time.
Factory workers in the area also lost hours. The inconvenience irritated almost one thousand residents who weren't able to carry out daily tasks without light or electricity. The sheriff's office also says that K.B. faces seven charges of grand larceny and felony property damage in cases that involve the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Forest Service, the Radio 2000 Radio Board, the Dominion Power Company, Rockbridge County Emergency Services, and a private homeowner who lost a sizeable amount of copper in the form of wires and pipes. The thefts from the companies and government agencies mostly involved radio towers.
At present, K.B. is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 3rd. Chances are that he will spend years in jail for the copper
theft. If you are suspected of grand larceny in North Carolina, you may need to pay over $10,000 in fines and spend up to 20 years in prison. As well, when you are charged with felony property damage, you can spend up to 5 years in prison and need to pay additional thousands in fines. You don't want to suffer these consequences, especially if you didn't do anything wrong. Contact a
criminal defense attorney in Raleigh right now if you need representation!