Permission was denied, but man allegedly takes scrap metal anyway
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jul 29, 2013 | 2030 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Benton Pike resident alleged that a man stopped by her home requesting to haul off scrap metal, then took it without her permission.

According to a report filed by Bradley County Sheriff’s deputy Doug Graham, Tina Swanson said a man approached her and asked if he could have the metal.

Swanson told the man he could not have the material, but he left his name and phone number with her in case she changed her mind.

According to Swanson, a neighbor later saw a green pickup truck parked on her property and a white male was loading the truck with scrap metal.

After inspecting the area where the metal was stored, Swanson discovered a Bush Hog mower deck was missing.

Swanson called the number the man had left with her.

According to the report, Swanson said the man admitted to taking it, but he no longer had possession of the Bush Hog.

Graham attempted to make contact with the suspect via telephone.

The scrap metal was valued at $100.

The investigation is continuing.

- A weed cutter was reportedly stolen from a storage building at a Pickens Street residence.

A report filed by deputy Tommy Kimsey named Darren Abercrombie as the person who reported the theft. Abercrombie said sometime within the past two weeks, someone had taken his M2510 Green Machine string trimmer.

It had been stored in his outbuilding near his residence. The building was not secured, according to the report. The trimmer was valued at $200.

- Copper wire was reportedly taken from a chicken house earlier last week.

A report filed by deputy Mitchell Roe noted that an alarm system had been tampered with prior to the theft at the Hunt Road farm owned by Jane and Ben Branam.

The Branams said alarms were installed on the chicken houses in case of power outages.

Someone disabled the alarms prior to taking the 300 feet of copper wire which was being used to power the chicken house.

The loss was estimated at $1,500.