The men didn’t do it in the name of climate change or far-left groups.
Authorities arrested and charged Matthew Greenwood and Jeremy Crahan for vandalizing Washington state’s power grid on Christmas Day.
Greenwood and Crahan face two charges: conspiracy to damage energy facilities and possession of unregistered firearms.
People theorized the person or persons involved had connections to environmental groups, ANTIFA, or any other far-left groups.
According to the complaint, Greenwood told investigators after his arrest that the two knocked out power so they could burglarize a business and steal from the cash register. The business was not identified in the complaint.
“We have seen attacks such as these increase in Western Washington and throughout the country and must treat each incident seriously,” Seattle U.S. Attorney Nick Brown said in a news release. “The outages on Christmas left thousands in the dark and cold and put some who need power for medical devices at extreme risk.”
The complaint says the two men “went to a local business, CRAHAN drilled out a lock, and GREENWOOD entered to steal from the cash register.”
Greenwood and Crahan allegedly targeted three substations early Christmas morning and the fourth that evening.
The crime left 15,000 people without power.
Surveillance cameras caught the two men at the Elk Plain substation. The FBI could not identify the men.
So the FBI examined cell phone records. The investigation found “two phones in the vicinity” of the four stations “at the time of the attacks.”
The authorities also found that Crahan is a “registered owner of a 1990 Dodge pickup truck” in Washington.
They allege that type of car is also in the surveillance video.
Digital privacy. Car registration. It’s hard to go off the grid. I thought a lot of people were obsessed with true crime shows.
I agree with Jazz Shaw at Hot Air. I want to know why the FBI hasn’t used these tactics to solve the other power station attacks in the nation.DONATE
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