Missing girl found safe
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Sep 17, 2012 | 1519 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Officials utilized the Nixle alert system Sunday at Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency to issue a missing child notice.

According to Bob Gault, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office media coordinator, the child was found safe a few hours later. The 11 year-old female had been last seen by her parents around 2 a.m. Sunday. Reports indicated they missed her Sunday after daybreak and alerted authorities.

Gault said after making sure the child was not in her home, deputies Bradley County Fire Rescue began searching the area of Burke Road, Highway 64 and Bates Pike. Officials contacted Curtis Cline at emergency management agency and he issued the alert to area Nixle.com subscribers.

The child was located around 3:30 p.m. in her neighborhood.

- During the past few days, several heat and air units have been reported stolen, including one which was reportedly taken this weekend from the northern part of the city, according to Lt. Robert Harbison of the Cleveland Police Department.

Officials reported four units had been taken in the city during the past three weeks.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.

“The Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit is currently investigating at least four thefts that have occurred over the past three weeks.

Perpetrators have been stealing heat/air units from local commercial properties. These suspects are removing the units intact,” according to Evie West, information officer for CPD.

Investigators believe these units are not being scrapped and are being reused or sold to unknowing customers. So far, the loss from all the combined thefts has been estimated at $50,000.

“An eyewitness stated that a white male [in his] mid 50s, driving an older, possibly ’80s model Gray Ford Pick-up, was seen fleeing the scene of one of these thefts,” West said. A reward is being offered for any information on these stolen units or suspects’ identities.

Contact Detective Matt Jenkins at 423-303-3134 with information.

- Bradley County criminal investigators are also searching for a suspect or suspects who stripped a residence of copper wire and took air units and a generator from a Bucks Pocket Road address last week.

The loss was estimated at $260,000.

Any information regarding the theft can be submitted by calling 728-7336.