According to reports, John Paul Dodd, 49, has been charged with theft over $1,000, after a 911call to the Bradley County Communications Center Wednesday morning.
Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, said Dodd was caught in the act of stealing air-conditioner parts at a residence on Rollingbrook Drive.
“A neighbor is credited with placing the call that led to the arrest. Bradley County sheriff’s deputies responding to the call arrived within minutes and took him into custody. They found an air-conditioner motor and compressor in the open trunk of his car, and have charged him with theft over $1,000 and making false statements to deputies,” Gault noted.
“The neighbor told deputies she recognized his Lexus automobile as having been at the residence in August, when copper tubing and coils were stolen.
He was charged Thursday with a second count of theft over $1,000.”
Dodd was arrested in May after an investigation revealed he was the suspect in a theft at a North Lee Highway address where video security cameras had been placed.
A welder, leaf blower, .22-caliber rifle and a number of hand tools were taken out of three barns on the property.
“The theft was recorded on video, and the property owner saw the suspect leaving and wrote down the license number and a description of the driver,” Gault said.
Dodd faces a December court date for those theft charges, according to Gault.
Dodd’s bond was set at $50,000 and a hearing scheduled in Bradley County General Sessions Court Sept. 27.