Man Arrested For ‘Stealing Electricity From Train’ While Charging iPhone

According to a report by Yahoo! News, Robin Lee, a 45 year old artist from London, was arrested under suspicion of stealing electricity after he tried to charge his iPhone in a socket on an overground train. The source details that he was approached by a police community support officer on board who warned him he was “illegally extracting electricity”, since the sockets on overground trains are reserved for the use of cleaning staff only.


Lee was travelling on a train from Hackney Wick and got off at Camden Road, where police officers were waiting for him on the platform. He said that after trying to push past the officers, he was arrested and taken to a British Transport Police station in Caledonian Road, where he was released on the offence of stealing electricity.

“They should never have arrested me,” he said. “The whole thing was just ridiculous. It was an overzealous community support officer. She said I’m abstracting electricity. She kept saying it’s a crime.”

In a statement, a spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “We were called to Camden Road London Overground station on Friday, 10 July to a report of a man becoming aggressive when challenged by a PCSO about his use of a plug socket on board an Overground train.

“Shortly after 3.30pm, a 45-year-old man from Islington was arrested on suspicion of abstracting electricity, for which he was de-arrested shortly after”.

The spokesman concluded his remarks by adding that he was also arrested for “unacceptable behaviour”, and has already been reported for this offence as well.

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  • MrXax

    Pushing past police was probably not the best option.

  • Beware of these wall-hugging electricity thieves.

  • MGSayah

    I charged my iPhone once in the metro of Montreal… No one said anything.

  • Andy

    Unless there were signs prohibiting the theft of electricity, I’d do it. That or lock up the outlets.

  • Tim

    If every free socket on every train in Britain was used to charge a phone during all hours of operation over the course of a year, the increased cost to the train authority (or whatever it is) would be under $100. Of course, not every socket on every train is going to be in use, so it would be much less. Customer satisfaction dividends would far exceed any increased cost.

  • My 1/2 cents

    what does de-arrested mean? lol

  • Mashkov

    *Iphone users in a nutshell*

  • sukisszoze

    It’s great that their trains are so safe that the officers are looking for people using sockets to charge laptops/

  • I wonder if charging your phone at the airport will soon become terrorism.

  • mcfilmmakers

    I would love to know what that means too.

  • mcfilmmakers

    There are no outlets onboard metro cars. Besides, just because no one said anything doesn’t mean it is legal and also montreal isn’t london. Two entirely different countries are involved here.

  • PopowichT

    That cop needs a good smack upside the head at minimum. Better, a good boot or two to his face for being a complete and utter failure.