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Jury trial set in utility theft case

December 10, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - A jury trial has been set for an Iron Mountain man accused of cutting a We Energies lock and altering the wiring and meter to obtain electric without paying for it.

Peter Vincent Colburn, 32, of Iron Mountain, is charged with malicious destruction of property utility property and being a habitual offender, third offense notice. Colburn is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, habitual offender, third offense.

Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Richard Celello set a jury trial for Feb. 28 to March 1.

According to the felony complaint, Colburn was living in a trailer with his girlfriend between July 11 and Aug. 21 that had the electricity shut off due to non-payment of the bill to We Energies.

The complaint notes a visual inspection by a We Energies employee indicated that the lock they had placed on the meter on the trailer had been cut.

Further investigation showed that wires had been altered to allow power to flow to the trailer without being detected by the meter and that the lock had been welded back together and spray-painted, the complaint said.

The complaint says Colburn admitted to cutting the We Energies lock and altering the wiring and meter to obtain power to the trailer without paying for it.

Colburn was arrested on an outstanding warrant on Sept. 27, and officers located a knife with a double-sided blade in his front pants pocket.

Colburn was previously convicted of unarmed burglary of unoccupied structure and grand theft of a motor vehicle in Bartow, Fla. on Jan. 23, 2009.



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