Dew on the grass led a Bradley County deputy to recover property which had been taken during the night from a Charleston resident.
According to a report filed by deputy Travis Greene, Gerald Arp was charged with theft over $500 after he reportedly took a garden tiller from Mike Huckabey.
Huckabey lives at a Railroad Street address and reported the theft.
Upon his arrival, Greene noted a trail of footprints left in the grass led to a residence on Market Street.
Greene made contact with Arp and questioned if he had been out during the night.
Arp reportedly admitted to taking the Craftsman tiller. Greene saw the tiller sitting beside an outbuilding at Arp’s Market Street residence.
The tiller was recovered and returned to Huckabey, according to the report.
Arp was taken into custody and transported to the Bradley County Jail where he was booked on the theft charge as well as an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.
- Heating and air equipment was reported stolen from a location on Dalton Pike.
Art Ellis reported the theft to deputy Tim Bohannon.
According to his report, a heat-and-air unit was taken along with a heat pump.
Ellis believed the units were taken sometime last week.
The units were valued at $9,000.
Investigation is continuing.
- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Driver’s License Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Polk County beginning this weekend.
The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.
According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public by motorists who would violate the driver’s license laws of the state.
All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.