Besides, nothing in the articles I've seen have shown he stole anything. Neither of the linked articles mention the school at all, short of a comment poster saying the school is not pressing any charges. So all I'm seeing is an article about a cop who presumed the guy was stealing the electricity and didn't have permission. The police are supposed to assume innocence until proven guilty. Where is the statement from the school saying he plugged in without permission? Because apparently they're not pressing charges, which means the owner of the outlet doesn't seem concerned... how can he be charged with theft?
If I hand someone a loaf of bread on the street that I baked, they shouldn't then be arrested for theft because the cop doesn't think they should have it.