Ledford charged in 28 home, car burglaries
by By GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
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Cleveland Police detectives continue to get recovered stolen property back into the hands of its rightful owners.

According to Lt. Robert Harbison of the Criminal Investigations Division, Keith Ledford was arrested and charged with committing 28 residential and car burglaries. Detective Steve Ross said the joint investigation by CPD and BCSO began after a neighbor spotted Ledford attempting to take a lawnmower.

Ledford is being held in the Bradley County Jail without bond, according to Ross.

A joint investigation by Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office personnel led to the arrest of Ledford last week with the new charges placed against him Tuesday afternoon.

CPD’s Criminal Investigations Division coupled with BCSO’s CID as well as patrol officers and deputies began an investigation after a vehicle belonging to Ledford was spotted in a neighborhood off Dalton Pike, leaving the scene of a reported break-in, according to reports.

Detective Steve Ross of CPD said a neighbor on Rodney Way saw the occupant of the truck attempt to take a lawnmower.

The witness was able to provide a license tag number which led patrol officials to Ledford’s address.

Ross said officials found numerous items which had been reportedly taken from other homes, mostly in the southeastern section of Bradley County and Cleveland.

“We obtained a search warrant and found additional property which had been taken,” Ross said Tuesday afternoon.

Ross estimated the recovered property to be valued at approximately $15,000.

While officials were executing the search warrant, Ledford arrived home and then led detectives to another location where additional property was recovered.

Ross said at least 28 burglaries of residences, auto burglaries and thefts were solved during the investigation.

Deputy Ben Clayton and BCSO Detective Rob Wilson worked with Ross on the investigation and recovery of the property.

- A residential alarm aided in dispatching deputies to a Minnis Road address where a burglary was interrupted,

Deputy Jasper McDonald filed a report indicating when he arrived at the residence he noticed a broken window. He th en noticed tracks in the yard leading away from the property.

According to his report, as deputies began to follow the tracks, they heard a dirt bike crank and flee the area. No arrests were made.

BCSO Criminal Investigations Division is in charge of the followup.

- A burglary at a Carson Road residence is under investigation by Bradley County Sheriff’s Office detectives.

Ken Monahan said someone entered his home Tuesday afternoon while he took his wife some lunch.

When he returned home, Monahan noticed a door open.

Monahan looked around inside and discovered some jewelry and medications were missing.

According to the report filed by deputy Mitchell Roe, two gold rings and a gold chain were among the missing items.

Roe noted no visible signs of forced entry to the residence.

The missing jewelry was valued at $3,700.

- An investigation into a stolen vehicle claim resulted in the arrest of a man wanted on warrants in Bradley and Polk County.

Rocky Phillips, aka William Fannin, was arrested earlier this week.

According to a report filed by deputy Sam Long of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, he and Cpl. Tim Robinson continued an investigation into the theft of a pickup truck.

Information led deputies to a Hannah Road residence.

Sgt. Jerry Rogers and Long spoke with the homeowner. The deputies also located the truck which had been reported stolen.

After receiving consent to search the property, deputies entered a recreational vehicle and found Phillips hiding under a bed.

Phillips reportedly had the keys to the truck in his pocket, according to the report.

Deputies took Phillips into custody and transported him to the Bradley County Jail on the warrants.