Brady Kilpatrick and Tim Glaze were arrested this week and charged with stealing a metal grader used to drag the Oakman High School’s baseball fields. The equipment was recovered after the suspects allegedly tried to sell it to a scrap metal yard.
The two men are also charged with the burglaries of three homes in the city, two on Market Street and a third on Kings Mill Road.
One of the homes was burglarized while the owner, who lives on a fixed income, was at the store. The appliances in his home, including the washer, dryer, refrigerator, air conditioner and heater were stolen. According to Police Chief Andy Powell, these items were sold to a metal scrap yard and were mostly unrecoverable.
“It is just really sad that this person has lost everything,” Powell said. “We’re just glad we were able to catch the people we believe are responsible.”
Powell said it is especially tough because he knows the man needs the items he lost and restitution through the court system will be slow and difficult to collect.
Each man is facing one count of second-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree theft for the three burglaries.
“This department has worked a lot of property crimes since I came here, and we remain committed to protecting the residents and their property,” Powell said.
Donald Colburn was also arrested and charged with obstructing governmental operations by hiding one of the suspects and Amber Houghten is charged with harassing communications related to the arrest. Two other residents were also charged with impeding the investigation by hiding suspects.
The suspects were taken to the Walker County Jail, where they were being held on $50,000 bond on these charges; however, Powell said they had their bond revoked on a previous case.