TVA Police Make Arrests, Step Up Security at Muscle Shoals Center
April 19, 2011
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — Increased patrols by Tennessee Valley Authority Police officers at the TVA Muscle Shoals Materials Distribution Center have resulted in the recent arrest of three men and a woman for allegedly stealing TVA property from the center.
The distribution center provides spare parts and maintenance materials, including wiring, for TVA facilities in the entire TVA service area.
"This center is important to the maintenance of our transmission lines," David Jolley, vice president of TVA Police & Physical Security, said. "The loss of materials at the site could impact our ability to provide reliable power."
TVA Police have stepped up patrols in the area in response to an increase in thefts from the center. Local law enforcement agencies also are assisting in the effort.
"We want people to know that stealing from TVA is a serious criminal offense and we will prosecute," Jolley said.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity on or around TVA property, or who has information about such activity, can call TVA Police at (800) 839-0003. There is no charge for the call.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Scott Brooks, Knoxville, (865) 632-8031
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000