Jasper residents charged in construction equipment thefts
by James Phillips
Jul 21, 2011 | 5830 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local law enforcement officials held a press conference Wednesday to announce that arrests were made in a rash of thefts throughout the county. From left is Walker County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Darrell Mote and Tim Thomas and District Attorney Bill Adair.  Photo by: James Phillips
Local law enforcement officials held a press conference Wednesday to announce that arrests were made in a rash of thefts throughout the county. From left is Walker County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Darrell Mote and Tim Thomas and District Attorney Bill Adair. Photo by: James Phillips
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Three Jasper residents were arrested Wednesday in connection with a rash of thefts that have happened in the last two weeks.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair, along with Walker County Sheriff’s Office investigators Tim Thomas and Darrell Mote, announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that Larry Jacob Burnett, 31, Wanda Burnett, 43, and Steven Graves, 34, had been arrested and charged with several counts each of first-degree and second-degree theft.

The thefts occurred in various areas of the county over a 10- to 14-day span, Adair said. Most of the items taken were pieces of equipment that would be used in construction. Adair said trucks and trailers were also stolen and the combined value of the items taken is approximately $300,000.

“There was a large amount of items taken, and all but one has been located at this time,” he said. “These investigators did a great job of being proactive in these cases. In one instance, an item was found before the victim could even report it missing.”

Thomas said the items were taken from job sites, parking lots and homes in Walker County and taken to the Corinth, Miss. area where the suspects could face more charges in relation to the disposal of the items.

“We had a lot of cooperation from law enforcement officials in Mississippi, and that helped to make this case come together so quickly,” Adair added.

Many of the thefts slowed or halted several local businesses, Adair said.

“These thefts affected several area businesses,” he said. “The property that was stolen made up a lot or all of their tools and equipment that they used. It made a big impact on people.”

The suspects are being held in the Walker County Jail and each have a cash bond set at $250,000.