CHAMBLEE, Ga. (WXIA) -- One Saturday in November, Kaveh Kamooneh drove his Nissan Leaf to Chamblee Middle School in Georgia, where his 11-year-old son took was playing tennis.
had taken the liberty of charging the electric car with an exterior
outlet at the school. Within minutes of plugging in the car, he says a
Chamblee police officer appeared.
"He said that he was going to
charge me with theft by taking because I was taking power, electricity
from the school," Kamooneh said. Kamooneh says he had charged his car
for twenty minutes, drawing about a nickel's worth of juice. Don Francis
of Clean Cities Atlanta, an electric vehicle advocacy group, says the
estimate of five cents is accurate.
"I'm not sure how much
electricity he stole," said Chamblee police Sergeant Ernesto Ford, but
he added: It doesn't matter. "He broke the law. He stole something that