Car fire victim charged with theft
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Nov 09, 2012 | 2059 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A Mason Lane man reportedly lost his vehicle after it caught on fire and the tow truck driver who was dispatched to pick up the burned vehicle allegedly had his cellphone stolen by the man after he gave him a ride home.

According to a report filed by deputy Mitchell Roe, he responded to Spring Place Road after reports of vehicle fire.

Dustin Allen’s phone was inside the burned vehicle and he said he could not contact anyone to get a ride home.

Josh Plumley, the tow truck driver, told Roe he gave Allen a ride to his house.

According to the report, after delivering Allen to his home, Plumley noticed his cellphone missing and then made contact with Roe once again.

Roe went to the Mason Lane residence where Allen had been dropped off.

Roe stated in his report that Allen answered the door and Roe asked if he had taken Plumley’s cellphone.

Allen allegedly denied taking the phone and slammed the door.

Roe reportedly heard someone inside the house say, “Yes, you did.”

After knocking on the door again, Allen answered and handed Roe the cellphone which had allegedly been taken from the tow-truck.

Allen was placed under arrest, taken to the Bradley County Jail and charged with theft under $500.

- Bradley County detectives charged a man after investigating a burglary at a local church.

The burglary occurred Sept. 3.

According to a report filed by deputy Cru Ross of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, XBox gaming systems, a Wii, flat-screen TVs and other items were taken from Mount Olive Church of God Youth Ministry Center on Harrison Pike.

Charles Barbee, 41, was arrested after detectives completed their investigation.

Barbee was charged with burglary and theft over $1,000.

Bond was set at $15,000 and Barbee is expected to appear in Bradley County General Sessions Court Oct. 13.