In December last year, a man surnamed Wang plugged in his charger to charge his cell phone using an electrical socket located on one of the walls inside the Danshui MRT Station. After a police officer on patrol discovered him, a prosecutor brought him up on charges of grand larceny for using electricity to charge his cell phone without permission.
According to the prosecutor’s investigation, Wang had previously been detained and charged with aggravated theft in 2006. On the evening of Dec. 26 last year, he was arrested for plugging his charger into an electrical socket on a wall inside the Danshui MRT Station without permission from transit authorities.
The prosecutor felt that the penal code covering offenses of grand larceny applied to the case, which says a person caught committing larceny “at a station or wharf, airport or within another vehicle, vessel, or aircraft for public transport on water, on land or in the air” shall be sentenced to imprisonment for no less than six months but not more than five years, and will be fined an amount not exceeding NT$100,000 (US$3,386).
(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY KYLE JEFFCOAT)
1. larceny n.
竊盜罪 (qie4 dao4 zui4)
例: She was accused of larceny.
2. wharf n.
埠頭 (bu4 tou2)
例: There were several people fishing at the wharf today.
3. aircraft n.
航空機 (hang2 kong1 ji1)
例: The aircraft has landed safely.