Local contractor arraigned on 13-count indictment
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Oct 30, 2013 | 2693 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bruce Whitten Sr
Bruce Whitten Sr
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After complaints dating as far back as 2009, a local contractor was arrested and faced arraignment earlier this week regarding a 13-count indictment alleging he took money for services, but never finished the jobs.

Bruce Whitten Sr., 59, was arrested last week, according to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Whitten was also investigated by the Cleveland Police Department after complaints were received.

“The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office received seven complaints from clients of Whitten’s business involving work that was paid for but wasn’t done or wasn’t completed. Three customers went to other contractors for the work Whitten was contracted to do resulting in additional costs,” said Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO.

Detective Steve Ross of CPD’s Criminal Investigations Division also performed investigation into the allegations.

Detective Michael Hughes of BCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division was in charge of the county investigation, according to Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett.

“Last week the grand jury indicted Whitten on five counts of contractors misapplication of payment, two counts of offense by a home improvement service, two counts of theft over $10,000, three counts of theft over $1,000, and one count of theft over $500,” Gault said.

Gault also added that anyone who contracted Whitten in the past and did not receive satisfactory results can contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office at 728-7337, regarding the case and investigation.

A Fransisco Road resident reported a break-in at his family’s home, but nothing appeared to be missing.

Dennis Cavett said his family had been in and out of their home during different times of the day Friday. When Cavett’s son returned home later, he discovered a door had been forcibly entered.

Further inspection could not reveal if anything had been taken during the aggravated burglary.

Criminal Investigations Division detectives were notified of the break-in.

No damage estimate was listed in the report filed by deputy Jasper McDonald.