TVA Police Arrest Two Men in Robertson County Theft
July 16, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Valley Authority police arrested two men in the theft of a vehicle, electric transmission lines and other equipment from a TVA storage area in Robertson County.
“We want people to know that theft and breaking into TVA property are serious offenses, and we will prosecute,” said David Jolley, vice president of TVA Police and Physical Security.
On July 8, a TVA construction foreman discovered a TVA truck, about 500 feet of transmission line and other materials missing from a storage yard in Whitehouse.
TVA police officers tracked down the stolen line to a business in Franklin, Ky., and arrested Ross Collins, 23, and Dennis Abbott Jr., 30, both of Whitehouse. They were charged with criminal trespassing, theft of property and motor vehicle theft.
A third suspect is wanted for questioning.
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.
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