Myrtie Franklin Keith III, a.k.a. “Bubba,” 32, has been arrested and charged. Keith’s cousin, Keith A. Clark, 37, has not been taken into custody at this time, but a warrant has been issued, according to reports.
The theft of a generator and HVAC units is one of the largest losses in Bradley County in a number of years, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
“Both suspects have been charged with a class A felony, theft over $250,000, under a statute enacted this year by the General Assembly that went into effect on July 1,” Gault noted.
“Keith and Clark are believed to be the first to be charged under the new statute that carries a minimum term of 15 years in prison,” Gault added.
According to reports, the thefts occurred at a chicken house business. A $30,000 generator and two HVAC units, copper lines and household wiring were taken during the theft at 541 Bucks Pocket Road on Sept. 11.
A residence on the property had been stripped of all of its electrical wiring.
Gault said the generator has been recovered.
Keith was taken into custody at the Bradley County Judicial Center Monday. He is being held without bond pending a court appearance.
Clark remains at large but is being charged with theft over $250,000 as well, reports said.
A reward of up to $250 leading to his arrest has been authorized by BCSO.
Clark is described as being a balding white male who sometimes wears facial hair. He has several Chattanooga and Bradley County addresses and could be driving a mid 1990s extended cab full-size GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck. It is black with gray trim and displays Georgia license plate BYR 2407, according to Gault.
Anyone with information about his possible whereabouts is asked to contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office by calling 911 or 728-7336, or the nearest law enforcement agency.