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North GA man accuses Rossville Police Chief of theft

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Story by Megan Boatwright

Eyewitness News Reporter

ROSSVILLE, WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- A North Georgia businessman wants the Rossville Police Chief put behind bars.

Les Coffey claims he caught a tenant stealing from him and he's filed papers in court to say the police were in on it.

Rossville Police Chief Sid Adams was forced to go before a Magistrate Judge Monday morning over arrest warrants against him and several of Coffey's tenants.

Coffey owns the Rossville Peerless Mill building where he claims someone keeps stealing electrical components from his building.

The surveillance video shows what appears to be uniformed Rossville Police Officers. Les Coffey also showed us the empty wire boxes inside a building he used to rent to a company.

"They never intended on running a machine shop here. What they were running was a theft ring. They were in here stealing from us, possibly stealing from other people," says Coffey.

No one has been charged with theft.

Coffey cites the rooftop video as proof Police Chief Sid Adams and several other officers were working with one of his tenants to break in and steal.

"My question to the police is real simple. Did you have a legal right to get onto the piece of equipment and break that door down and enter this building," says Coffey.

As it turns out, the police say they had a very reasonable explanation for being there and Coffey's false allegations are a waste of taxpayers' time.

"Myself and the two patrol officers were actually the only ones there from the city. Obviously the individual was there to pick it up," says Chief Sid Adams.

Adams says the piece of equipment belongs to another company. What you see happening in Coffey's video is a simple transfer of property.

According to Adams, police were there to make sure everything happened smoothly. Adams says this isn't the first time he's had to deal with claims from Les Coffey and keeping up has started to take a lot of time.

"Anytime you have litigation going on and you've got this sort of issue with somebody, it takes away from resources that could be better used," says Adams.

Adams showed us the incident report police filed that day.

The report says officers removed a piece of construction equipment Coffey had placed in front of the building to prevent the company from entering and retrieving its property.

Coffey has also filed a 14 million dollar lawsuit against the City of Rossville involving these allegations and others concerning the city's sewer system.

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