FBI says two guys attacked Washington's electric grid so as to commit a theft - NPR

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electric powered vigour strains are displayed at sundown in El Segundo, Calif., on Aug. 31, 2022. The FBI charged two men over assaults on Washington state's vigour grid that left thousands devoid of vigor.

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Two guys have been charged with federal crimes for attacking substations in Washington State, an act of sabotage that left hundreds without energy on Christmas Day.

Federal brokers say one of the vital men confessed to knocking out the vigour as a way to commit a housebreaking with the aid of emptying the money register of a native company right through the vigour outage.

The FBI says cell facts resulted in the arrest of Matthew Greenwood, 32, and Jeremy Crahan, 40, both residents of Puyallup, Wash. in accordance with documents unsealed Tuesday, each guys had been charged with conspiracy to harm power amenities, and Greenwood has also been charged with possession of an unregistered firearm.

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The sabotage came after a string of different attacks on energy infrastructure across the U.S., including one which brought about a tremendous outage in North Carolina.

The branch of native land safety has previously warned that power infrastructure is an "attractive" goal for domestic terrorists; although, the charging files for Greenwood and Crahan don't point out any political motivations.

"we have viewed attacks reminiscent of these raise in Western Washington and right through the nation and should treat each incident severely," U.S. legal professional Nick Brown spoke of in an announcement. "The outages on Christmas left thousands in the dead of night and bloodless and put some who want vigor for clinical instruments at severe chance."

A public defender assigned to Matthew Greenwood declined to comment, while the legal professional appointed to safeguard Jeremy Crahan says he expects to enter a not guilty plea.

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