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Athens city employee charged in theft of $13,000 of equipment

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ATHENS, TN (WRCB) - An Athens Parks & Recreation Department employee was arrested for stealing over $13,000 worth of equipment from the city.

Weed trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws and sets of tools, along with other equipment, were discovered missing in late October by the Athens Police Department.

Checks of local pawn shops revealed the items had been pawned by John Andrew Boyd Nation, 29, of Athens.

When interviewed by police, Nation admitted that he had taken the items.

Athens Police Department Detective Josh Rhodes found that Monica Renee Miller, 29, also of Athens, had pawned a digital camera at a U.S. Money Shops in Athens which was reported as stolen by Nation.

Rhodes also found than on October 27, Miller pawned an air compressor for a second time; Nation originally bought it with a city credit card at the same pawn shop.

Police took out a warrant for Miller for theft of property over $1,000 by possession.

Some items were recovered, but others had been in pawn for over 30 days and cannot be returned.

Nation has been charged with theft of property over $10,000 and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was booked at McMinn County Justice Center, and is being held on $12,000 bond.
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