TVA Police Arrest Two Men In Copper Theft
February 26, 2010
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Tennessee Valley Authority police officers are sending a message to would-be thieves after the arrest of two men accused of stealing copper from a TVA substation in Bowling Green.
“This kind of activity is not only illegal, but it can be dangerous,” said David Jolley, vice president of TVA Police and Physical Security. “These substations carry thousands of volts of electricity. Thieves need to know it’s not worth the risk.”
A TVA police officer discovered someone had cut through the fence at the substation on Feb. 19. The thieves stole $150 worth of copper and did $200 in damage to the fence.
Evidence led police to arrest two men, 51-year-old Rodney Phillip Miller and 50-year-old James Robert Crouch, both of Bowling Green. Both are charged with receiving stolen property.
TVA Police worked with the Bowling Green Police Department on the investigation.
“We want people to know that theft and breaking into TVA property are serious offenses and we will prosecute,” Jolley added.
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, (865) 632-8031
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville (865) 632-6000