Thursday, August 27, 2009

Theft of Property Cases Pile Up

September 14th is the arraignment date for two suspects who are charged with theft of property. The charges have been brought against two men allegedly involved in the illegal sale of a stolen utility trailer. The sheriff's department says 46-year-old Tony Lee Bennett of Algood allegedly confessed to stealing the trailer and later selling it to 39-year-old Terry Winfree of Gainesboro. Deputy Mike Hoover says he witnessed the transaction, but Winfree says he wasn't involved in any wrongdoing. He claims that the trailer was simply brought to his shop to be painted. The trailer had been stolen last Thursday from a home on Noel Drive.

Coincidentally, theft of property charges are pending in several cases that were investigated by the Cookeville police department in recent days. 19-year-old Richard Samuel Helm of Silver Point was arrested after an investigation by Detective Chase Mathis. Police say Helm is accused of stealing aluminum gutters, window frames and floor jacks from his uncle's home, which he later sold for scrap. Meanwhile, William Scott Arrott of Cookeville was charged after he was seen leaving the Sears store without paying for more than $500 dollars worth of tools; and 43-year-old Tracy Evelyn Bennett was taken into custody at the Hill's IGA store after she allegedly tried to shoplift four cans of beer. She is also charged with simple assault for allegedly striking a store employee.