Electric car driver jailed after using school as a charging station

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — It only took 30 minutes and what amounted to about five cents of electricity for Kaveh Kamooneh to find himself in an odd predicament. Kamooneh was taken to jail 10 days after a sheriff’s deputy spotted him with his electric Nissan LEAF plugged into an outlet outside a middle school according to WSB-TV.

Kamooneh said he was with his son at the school watching a tennis match when the incident occurred. He told the TV station when the deputy first spotted him, he had threatened to take him to jail on the spot for stealing, but instead let him walk free.

Then, to his surprise, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft by taking after more than a week had passed. He said he posted $1,500 bail but remained in a cell for another 15 hours.

WSB-TV’s Diana Davis said police claim that Kamooneh was uncooperative, even though that detail is not listed on the arrest report. Furthermore, they said that he had been asked to leave school property, but didn’t have a sufficient answer as to why Kamooneh wasn’t charged with trespassing instead of theft.

His case goes before a judge next February.

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12 comments

  • Jen

    So petty, and theft? Definitely a stretch since this man pays taxes and may even buy lottery tickets. How is it that public schools pay their light bills again? Or better yet how does the arresting officer think his paycheck comes to be. This is sad for sure.

  • mikspapa

    I’m sorry, but if you can afford an electric vehicle, you can afford to use your own electricity. Does he plug it in when he goes to the store? No, So why should MY tax dollars supply him with his fuel. If you don’t think it’s right, next time the school district needs more revenue be sure and pass that levy increase to pay for people just like him….and YOU!

  • Jen

    It was five cents and he was at the school with his son. He didn’t just see a school and pull in to charge his car out of the blue. You last two posters are the clueless ones as it costs taxpayers more to prosecute him than any $0.05!

    • donny

      maybe we should all get electric cars and pass a new law to get everyone electrical outlets installed at their local schools so we can plug in to recharge while we are dropping off or picking up our kids. look at all the money we could save

  • Chris

    Might have been appropriate to ask permission first but really? I agree that theft is theft but do you think this guy actually even thought about it first? I consider myself to be an honest, law-abiding person but I’m not sure this would have occurred to me if I were in his shoes. In fact, I suspect most people reading this post have committed the same “crime”, with the only difference being that we charged a cell phone/tablet/laptop or whatever on someone else’s nickel. I think this is more a case of our society not having yet developed the appropriate etiquette for this behavior, given the recent explosion of rechargeable personal devices (including cars) than it is somebody intentionally committing a criminal act. The water fountain and TP comments made by previous posters is a great illustration of this. Perhaps we should consider putting up signs prohibiting charging personal devices (cars, cell phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, etc.) on publicly accessible outlets! Or, better yet, put out an “honor jar” and charge everyone a nickel!

  • Greg Crowe

    unfortunately, everyone does it, steal from your employer. rubber bands, paper clips, folders, copies from a copier, printouts from the company computer, playing a game during your break time, using the company computer for your personal enjoyment, using the company phone for personal business and charging an electronic equipment. should these crimes be punishable by the company or the police/courts?

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