Virginia man found guilty of electricity theft

ROANOKE, Va. -  A Christiansburg, Virginia man is waiting to learn his sentence after being found guilty of stealing electricity from Appalachian Power.

42-year old Kevin Dewayne Woolwine, was convicted on June 16 of two felonies: Obtaining Utility Service by Fraud, Scheme or Device and Damaging a Facility Used to Furnish Electricity.

According to Appalachian Power, Woolwine lived on a lot at East Park Village. During that time electricity was used at the address even though Woolwine had not established an account with Appalachian Power.

The property manager and his wife observed Woolwine on numerous occasions at the meter box "messing with wires" with an object in his hand.

Woolwine stole approximately $300 in electricity. Appalachian Power also lost an additional $500 in missing or damaged equipment and labor costs.

Appalachian Power says similar thefts are costing the company and it's customers millions of dollars.

Woolwine will be sentenced on the two felony convictions on September 23. He faces a maximum of ten years for in prison for the Obtaining Utility Service Fraud, Scheme or Device conviction and five years on the Damaging a Facility Used to Furnish Electricity charge.

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