Man Charged After Report of Vandalism at REC Substation
April 6, 2017
Sheriff Roger L. Harris announced the arrest of Teddy Eugene Speights Jr. (47) of Louisa County, VA - charging him with Destruction of Property, Larceny and Trespassing. Teddy was detained by Louisa County Sheriff’s deputies and transported to a medical facility to be evaluated. Further charges are pending in Louisa County.
On 04/05/17 at approximately 2am, Sheriff's deputies responded to the Paytes REC (Rappahannock Electric Cooperative) substation located on Lawyers Road, for a report of vandalism. Once on scene deputies observed that a section of the chain-link fence had been cut to gain access to the site. It was further discovered that a portion of electrical wire had been purposely severed and removed.
Members of REC assisted the deputies by providing a surveillance photo of the suspect. A short while later the Louisa County Sheriff's office responded to a similar incident at a substation in their jurisdiction. They were able to detain a suspect fleeing the area of the substation. Spotsylvania County detectives along with Louisa County detectives were able to match the surveillance photo and positively identified Teddy Speights as the suspect in both jurisdictions.
Maxie Rozell, REC manager of safety, security and management stated: "This was a dangerous situation that put the safety of an entire community at risk. Removal of the wire compromised protective and control equipment in the substation."
Ann Lewis, director of communication and public relations at REC said: "We continually work with both law enforcement and safety training officials to prevent something like this from ever occurring. The safety of the people we serve and those who work at REC is of the utmost importance to us. This incident created an inconvenience for many of our members but we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. This also placed an extra burden on law enforcement and other first responders. Their dedication to our communities does not go unnoticed."
REC operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines, which range from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Sheriff Harris stated that the cooperation between the REC staff, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office and Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office enabled the joint efforts to bring quick closure to this case.
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