TACOMA, Wash. — Two Puyallup men have been charged in attacks at four Pierce County power substations that left more than 14,000 in the dark on Christmas.
Matthew Greenwood, 32, and Jeremy Crahan, 40, are charged with conspiracy to damage energy facilities and possession of an unregistered firearm, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Nick Brown. The men were arrested on Saturday following an investigation by the FBI.
According to court documents, the attacks on the substations were attempts to cover up a burglary at a local business, where Crahan drilled out a lock and Greenwood stole from a cash register. The damage to the Tacoma Power substations alone is estimated to be at least $3 million.
Agents also seized two unregistered short-barreled guns. One of the weapons was equipped with a makeshift silencer. Conspiracy to attack energy facilities is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Possession of an unregistered firearm is punishable by up to ten years in prison.