Theft charges dismissed in Ga. car charging case

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) -- The DeKalb County solicitor is dropping theft charges against a man who plugged his electric car into an outlet at a public school.

Chamblee City Manager Marc Johnson told WSB-TV that he agrees with prosecutors' decision to drop charges against Kaveh Kamooneh, of Decatur.

He charged his Nissan Leaf for 20 minutes, drawing about a nickel's worth of electricity while playing tennis at Chamblee Middle School last month. It resulted in a 15-hour jail stay.

Johnson says although Kamooneh's car may be helping the environment, electricity isn't free. He says the dismissal shouldn't imply that it's acceptable for neighbors to begin plugging in without permission.

Kamooneh has said he's considered suing the suburban Atlanta city, but is unsure of whether it's worth wasting taxpayer money.


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