CHURCH HILL — A former contractor who worked on a local electric power expansion project in Hawkins County is now facing charges in Georgia after he allegedly stole and sold several thousand dollars worth of electrical components belonging to the utility.

A report by Hawkins Co. Lt. Det. Clifton Evans said that American Electric Power contacted that office regarding the theft of material at AEP’s Nagel project substation located at 5200 Stanley Valley Road, in Church Hill.

A man identified as Myron Dobson, 45, of Brunson, South Carolina, was found to have been selling numerous items of electrical components at a recycling site in Augusta, Georgia.

Following an investigation by the Richmond County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office, those components were identified as being the property of AEP.

Dobson has been charged in that county with two felony counts of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property.

According to Evans’ report, between October, 2017 and June of this year, Dobson allegedly sold numerous electrical components to the facility, receiving $3,180.60 in payments.

The Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Office is now working with AEP to determine if more parts are missing.