James Thomley, 58, is charged with felony theft of supplies – steel.
The 20 bleacher planks had been found lacking on Could 26 by an East Montgomery County Park upkeep supervisor throughout a routine inspection, in keeping with Pct. 4 Commissioner James Mett’s workplace.
The bleachers are used within the park by guests cheering on youth’s sporting occasions.
Pictures launched by Pct. 4 confirmed the place the bleachers had been lacking within the park.
Investigators mentioned they noticed what seemed to be drag marks within the grime the place the bleacher planks had been dragged throughout the sector to a residence on Liberty Avenue, positioned subsequent to the park.
The subsequent day, officers mentioned 4 further bleacher planks had been found lacking.
After interviews with close by residents, intel led detectives to a scrap yard the place the bleachers had been positioned, and Thomley was recognized because the suspect.
On the morning of July 12, Pct. 4 deputies had been working an unrelated visitors cease. For the reason that occupants of the automobile had been being arrested for a felony narcotics cost along with numerous warrants, deputies allowed them to name a good friend to take possession of their automobile.
That is when Thomley arrived on the scene, officers mentioned. His arrest warrant for the bleacher theft had simply been issued yesterday.
Deputies took Thomley into custody, along with the occupants of the automobile.
“Stealing from a county park is stealing from the youth and households of East Montgomery County,” Constable Hayden mentioned. “This theft of steel has value the County $10,000 to buy new bleachers, thus taking away from the funds the county may spend on different enhancements and upkeep to the park.”
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