Sentencing set in utility theft case


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – Sentencing has been set for an Iron Mountain man accused of cutting a We Energies lock and wire to obtain electric service.

Peter V. Colburn, 32, pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of utility property and attempted carrying a concealed weapon and being a habitual offender, second.

Sentencing is set for April 15 at 9 a.m. before Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Richard Celello.

The charges, according to the felony complaint, stem from an incident between July 11 and Aug. 21 of last year when Colburn was living in a trailer with his girlfriend, and the electricity had been shut off due to non-payment of the bill to We Energies. Inspection by a We Energies employee indicated the lock placed on the meter had been cut, and wires were altered to allow power to flow to the trailer without being detected.

For the weapon charge, the Iron Mountain man was arrested on an outstanding warrant on Sept. 27. According to the complaint, 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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