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Man charged with theft from county facilities

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By WRCB Staff

BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Property stolen from the Bradley County Sheriff's Office Impound Lot and Walker Valley High school has been recovered and a suspect arrested.

The thefts took place last Thursday or early Friday morning. The items were recovered a few hours later in Sequatchie County.

Employees arriving at the impound lot found locks had been cut on two gates that secured entrances to an area where a number of vehicles were parked. Upon a further check of the property, it was determined a Chevrolet van, utility trailer, and an ATV were taken during the night. Detectives arrived and began an investigation that led to the name of a possible suspect. The identification was later confirmed by forensic evidence that was documented by the Crime Scene Unit.

While detectives were continuing the investigation officials at Walker Valley High School discovered the locks cut on three buildings. From the buildings a weed eater and other school property that was kept there could not be found.

During early stages of the on-scene investigation detectives received word the van had been recovered in Sequatchie County by the Sheriff's office, and the utility trailer, ATV, weed eater, blower and toolbox were recovered by the Dunlap Police Department.

Jeremy Stinnett, 38, of Westover Drive in Cleveland, was arrested by Bradley County Detectives Friday afternoon.

Further investigation linked Stinnett to the August 16 burglary of two vehicles at the Bradley County Road Department on Pleasant Grove Road. Taken out of the vehicles were a laptop computer, two chainsaws and a long-arm saw.

Stinnett remains in custody at the Bradley County Jail. New charges filed Tuesday are two counts of auto burglary and two counts of vandalism. The previous charges are five counts of burglary, one count of theft over $1,000 and one count theft over $500.


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