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Brothers charged with stealing $110K in electric service

Posted May 26, 2011

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— Two Fayetteville brothers face accusations that they stole electric service for a decade, costing the city's utility more than $110,000 in damages.

Zarko Johnson, 55, of 4721 Beauford Drive, cost the Public Works Commission $50,945 and Johnny Johnson, 59, of 2114 Hope Mills Road, cost it $62,395 for unpaid service, damage, investigation fees and other expenses, police said.

The brothers were both charged with obtaining property by false pretenses and injuring wires and other fixtures of an electric power company. They have been released from jail after posting unsecured bonds.

Police said the investigation also revealed a third person who had stolen electric service, but that person paid about $30,000 in restitution to avoid criminal charges.

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  • bilge53 May 26, 2011

    Saberage,

    If you feel that strongly they deserved this then pay their bill.

    I will use what I want and pay my own way...thank you.

  • Vita Brevis Ars Longa May 26, 2011

    James, I find the gentlemen in question much more electricity libertarians, or electricity revolutionaries. And I remain proud of them and support their actions. And also, I don't drive a truck, I drive a 2009 Bmw z4, paid in full. But thank you for your concern over my mode of transportation. It has nothing to do with the fact that all people deserve the right to cheap water, cheap energy and free medical care in our modern world.

  • keneds May 26, 2011

    rightor wrong , the bad thing is somebody from the power company was not doing their job or paying attention... "long as I get paid I don't care it's not my money"

  • bilge53 May 26, 2011

    Saberage,

    They had the option to read by a candle or turn the light on. They apparently chose the Edison route and they need to pay up; otherwise we call that stealing and personally I cannot stand thieves unless they are picking up trash alongside the road.

  • james27613 May 26, 2011

    Zarko

    Derived from Serbian and Croatian ┼żar meaning
    "ember, zeal, fervour".

    Add electricity thief to the list.

  • james27613 May 26, 2011

    Hey Saberage:

    Be sure to leave the keys in your truck from now on,
    I am sure you won't miss the truck, the gas used and the miles driven when you are not using your truck.
    I'll have it back in the morning ready for you to fill it up.

    Same thing for paying for your electric usage, the power co.
    won't miss it right?

    >>I say good for the brothers. They had the gumption to go against the system for a decade. The folks who own the power have nothing in common with you and me and they really don't care if we live or die as long as the bill gets paid.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 26, 2011

    If you really feel that you're being "robbed" by the power companies and that they have a "monopoly on generating electricity", you really need to get out more. Maybe educate yourself a little on the subject...and then maybe you'll stop whining. Or not. ;-)

    I have friends who use solar to generate all the juice they need and they sell the excess back to the power company (it's the law) at double what they would normally buy it for.

  • Vita Brevis Ars Longa May 26, 2011

    I say good for the brothers. They had the gumption to go against the system for a decade. The folks who own the power have nothing in common with you and me and they really don't care if we live or die as long as the bill gets paid.

  • wildcat May 26, 2011

    They should have to paid every dime back that they stole. This is called stealing. Jail time would be sufficient for them both.

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut May 26, 2011

    @icfdirector - that was hilarious!

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