A North Augusta man was detained for unlawful use of a telephone after calling a utility company multiple times and threatening and swearing at employees, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Damon Niles Hancock, 43, of Center Street, was charged with unlawful use of a telephone. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center but had been released as of Monday afternoon.

Hancock allegedly called the SCE&G call center on Friday complaining that his power wasn’t restored, according to a sheriff’s report. The call center employee said he was cussing and threatening to shoot out the electrical transformer near his property and also dump trash at the local office.

Hancock called again Saturday threatening to dump trash at the local office and continued to cuss at the call taker, the report stated. The last call came on Sunday, when Hancock allegedly cussed at the call taker and threatened to shoot the meter on his residence.

Officers met with Hancock, who said he called SCE&G and was upset because his power wasn’t restored, police said. He denied threatening anyone at the call center.

Man allegedly threatened utility company