Suspicion over a large amount of copper tubing brought to a Chapel Hill recycling firm has resulted in the arrest of two men, authorities say.
"A man brought in copper to Hubert's Recycling in Chapel Hill," Detective Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said. "We were notified and, working with the sheriff's department, suspected it was stolen from Adams & Floyd Electrical and Plumbing in Wartrace."
The suspect who tried to sell the copper has been identified as Ronald Blake Whitehead, 19, Unionville-Deason Road, Detective Sgt. Brian Farris of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said.
Also involved was John William Kearn III, 20, of Florala, Ala., Farris said.
"It helped that the legislature changed the law where you have to record the driver's license (in the form of a photocopy), vehicle and license registration and obtain a thumbprint from those selling," Crews said. "And more companies are cooperating with law enforcement, at least to some extent."
The copper was worth approximately $5,000, city and county investigators noted.
Both suspects have been charged with theft of property and burglary. Whitehead was released on $35,000 bond and Kearn is being held on $45,000 bond, Bedford County Jail records show.
Two men, who allegedly became angry at a man who told them they'd get in trouble for riding four-wheelers on Mount Lebanon Church Road, admitted to setting 159 hay bales on fire in retaliation, according to the BCSD.
Travis Miller, 24, Fly Road, and Andrew Page, 18, Warners Bridge Road, were suspected after Sgt. Nikia Elliott and Deputy Mike Henry saw them while patrolling the area shortly before the blaze, which was reported shortly before 11:30 p.m., Detective Sgt. Brian Farris said.
Henry said he noticed four-wheeler tracks in the area and a dog which the homeowner said belonged to residents on nearby Fly Road.
Miller admitted the dog was his and later, with Page, confessed to setting the fire during an interview with Farris and Detective Scott Jones, investigators said.
Miller and Page are charged with charged with criminal trespass and setting fire to personal property, which Farris said is considered a form of arson.
An Alabama man accused of stealing tires from a Shelbyville tire store last week was charged Tuesday with stealing a truck from another auto repair shop, city police report.
Ervy Shane Adams, 40, Anniston, Ala., allegedly took a customer's pickup truck from the parking lot of Smitty's Tires, North Main Street, between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Bruce Davis said.
Adams allegedly drove the truck to Haskins Wrecker Service, Bell Buckle, and tried to sell parts off the vehicle and ammunition which had been in the cab, Deputy Lindsey Puckett of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said.
A charge of theft of property was filed against Adams, who is being held on $25,000 bond, Bedford County Jail records show.
Adams had been accused of taking tires from Farrar's Wrecker Service last Friday, police reports said.
Arrest warrants are pending in Anniston as well, police said.
One of two men police found inside a Couch Lane home Wednesday has been arrested on a charge of aggravated burglary.
Neighbors notified police they had seen two men enter the home through a window, Officer Gregg Loyd said.
After repeated knocks on the door, Loyd said, Bradley Mitchell West, 21, and another man who has not been charged exited the home.
West told Loyd he lived there and was retrieving his property. The home's resident said West had moved out in August and had no property inside. West later admitted he was homeless, Loyd said.
The other man told police he was helping West remove the property.
West is in Bedford County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond, jail records indicate.
Marijuana was found in a tackle box inside a truck after the driver was stopped for an alleged light law violation Tuesday, police said.
Scott Patrick Vinson, 27, Gant Road, was released on $3,000 bond on charges of possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession, Bedford County Jail records show.
A vehicle search was conducted after Officer David Curley said he saw a prescription bottle with the label peeled off, containing three pills, inside the truck. Vinson allegedly told Curley the pills belonged to his wife.
* An estimated $350 worth of jewelry and $100 cash were stolen between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday from a Locust Street residence, Shelbyville police said.
* A drill and the license plate were stolen from a van at a Cypress Street residence overnight Monday, police reports indicate.
The following were arrested since Monday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and processed through Bedford County Jail. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.
* Ervy Shane Adams, 40, Anniston, Ala.; theft of property; held, $25,000 bond
* David Lucero Armengolt, 24, Lewisburg; no driver's license/exhibited on demand; released, $500 bond
* Tamiatha Latrice Bailey, 28, Hannah Street, Bell Buckle; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond
* Anthony Wade Bowen, 34, Courtland Drive; public intoxication; held, $500 bond
* Junior Dale Brewer, 39, Manchester; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond
* Michael Lee Cooper, 19, Normandy-Tullahoma Road; aggravated burglary; held, $20,000 bond
* Lloyd Everette Gant, 41, Hilltop Drive; bondsman surrender; released, $2,500 bond
* Christopher Shay Goad, 21, Nashville; bondsman surrender; released, $2,750 bond
* Colene Anne Horner, 49, Madison Street; domestic assault, public intoxication; held, $5,500 bond
* Patricio Cortez Jimenez, 26, Oak Street; violation of probation; held, $2,500 bond
* John William Kearn III, 20, Florala, Ala.; theft of property, burglary; held, $45,000 bond
* Noel Garcia Lopez, 28, Shelbyville Mills Road; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond
* Linda Jane Milewski, 45, Deer Point Road; theft of property; released, $2,500 bond
* Andrwe Daryle Page, 19, Warners Bridge Road; criminal trespassing, arson; released, $12,500 bond
* Issac Seth Perry, 26, Dixon Road; theft of property; released, $1,000 bond
* Alisa Diane Robinson, 53, Unionville-Deason Road; failure to appear; held, $2,500 bond
* Xiomara Liset Suarez, 39, Himesville Road; no driver's license/exhibited on demand; released, $500 bond
* Timothy Wayne Smith, 46, Carter Street; theft of property (two counts); released, $750 bond
* Lazandra Delene Teal, 27, Old Pencil Mill Road; contempt of court; held, no bond
* Kiley Marie Toombs, 29, Hickory Hill Road; violation of probation; summons delivered
* Larry Wayne Tyson, 51, U.S. 41-A North; reckless endangerment, DUI, driving on revoked/suspended license; held, $5,500 bond
* Scott Patrick Vinson, 27, Gant Road; possession of legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession; released, $3,000 bond
* Bradley Mitchell West, 21, Fay Creek Road, Wartrace; aggravated burglary; held, $20,000 bond
* Ronald Blake Whitehead, 19, Unionville-Deason Road; theft of property, burglary; released, $35,000 bond
* James Clinton Wisdom, 48, Montgomery, Ala.; theft of property, fraud in insolvency; held, $20,500 bond