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Trio charged with stealing Progress Energy power lines

Posted April 16, 2012

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— Wayne County deputies have charged three people with stealing Progress Energy power lines, authorities said Monday.

George Morris Daniels, 43, George Abram Daniels, 18, and Vivian Sada Daniels, 19, all of 4127 Lake Wilson Road in Wilson, were charged with felony injury to wires or fixtures used in the transmission of electrical power service, misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.

Deputies said about $500 in power lines were taken off poles in the northern part of Wayne County.

Meanwhile, Johnston County authorities said they are searching for whoever stole more than a mile of Progress Energy power lines north of Selma on Saturday. Authorities said the wiring was valued at nearly $5,000.

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  • davidk_at_unc Apr 17, 2012

    "I bet you won't say these wise cracks about Progress Energy when your lights are out. You'll be begging for them to get them back on even if it means they have to work out in a storm, sleet and snow, thunder storms, etc. " -- msha

    Gee. A little over-dramatic this morning, don't ya' think?

  • Gnathostomata Apr 17, 2012

    Make them put it back. Seriously, make them reconnect it.

  • gotsomesense Apr 17, 2012

    They are cutting off the neutral wire from the pole itself. The power then proceeds down the (usually bare) ground wire...highly dangerous for anyone who comes in contact with the ground wire later.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 17, 2012

    That's a bad way to get money to pay your power bill.

  • not my real name Apr 17, 2012

    Was it just on a giant spool that they rolled away?

  • MonkeyFace Apr 17, 2012

    *scratches head* ummm... how would they do that.. was it just extra line just laying around.. ok it would have to be... smh oooookkk people have problems

  • Dave_53 Apr 17, 2012

    Progress Energy gets ripped off, and that's news. Too funny. They get us every month!

  • davidgnews Apr 16, 2012

    Incredible.

  • GeorgiaPeach70 Apr 16, 2012

    Well, thats a story you dont see in the news very often.....I guess the dummies in Wilson had a party one night and said, "Hey maw, lets see if we cans get electromecuted..."

  • determined2win Apr 16, 2012

    ...everybody needs a heavy-duty drop cord.