OOLTEWAH, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Two weeks after losing his home to a tornado, an Ooltewah man discovered his lawn furniture for sale on Craigslist.
"Every time we come back to the property someone has messed with something, someone has taken something, someone has moved something," said Eric Tidmore, standing in front of what's left of his home on Wolftever Lane.
Since losing his Ooltewah home and nearly everything inside it to an EF-3 tornado, Eric Tidmore is on guard.
His patio furniture survived the storm. Saturday, he noticed it missing.
Days later, his wife, shopping for a replacement, spotted the table and chairs on Craigslist.
"To have someone come on these premises when we aren't here and carry off, you know, it doesn't matter what it is, it's ours," Tidmore told Channel 3. "We've lost a lot and everything we have here is worth a little bit at this point."
The man selling the furniture on Craigslist says he bought it from Junkyard Mafia on Lee Highway, so that's where Channel 3 turned next.
That led our investigative team to another man who sold the metal chairs and table for cash
Junkyard Mafia has numerous surveillance cameras. The company requires sellers to provide a valid driver's license and a finger print.
Employees say you can see Rossville resident Chad Knox in surveillance video cashing in on Tidmore's furniture.
"We will not tolerate it, and if you are one of those people who wants to bring that stuff here, we will turn you in," said Jennifer Buckner, Business Manager for Junkyard Mafia.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is now investigating, which was news to Knox when Channel 3 showed up on his front porch.
Knox says he's out of work and needed to make money, but claims someone told him he could have the items.
"The guy told me everything sitting out there on the side of the road was stuff I could get, so I got it," Knox told Channel 3.
Knox could not remember the man's name, but offered to pay for the items he sold.
"Patio furniture at this point, we couldn't really care less about it, but it's the whole principle," said Tidmore.
Tidmore got his furniture back and plans to press charges.
"There's a lot of people that need help, need to hire people," said Tidmore. "There's a lot easier way to do it than actually steal from a family like mine."
A spokesperson for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office confirms a report was filed by Tidmore. A status of the investigation was not available Friday afternoon.