Truckload of copper taken, then found not far away
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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A tractor-trailer loaded with an estimated $100,000 in copper was taken Thursday from Love’s Travel Stop in Charleston, but was recovered a short time later with its load intact.

According to a report filed by deputy Cordus Waller of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, James Collins of Morristown Driver’s Service stopped at the location to purchase a drink. While he was inside the store, someone drove off with the Peterbilt truck and trailer.

After a brief investigation, deputies located the truck and trailer just south of the truck stop. The door seal had been cut, but the spools of copper were intact. Damage to the ignition switch inside the truck was noted, according to Waller.

Detective Brandon Edwards of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to collect evidence left at the scene.

- A family returned home from vacation and discovered months later that they had been burglarized.

A report filed by deputy Shane McKee named Brian Copeland as the victim.

According to his report, the Copelands went on vacation in March.

Copeland said he had a small safe hidden away and at the time he noticed it was missing, he thought he had just misplaced it.

After further investigation, Copeland then noticed several firearms missing from the home.

According to the report, the safe contained cash, birth certificates, savings bonds and collectible cash and coins.

Two missing shotguns and two rifles were also noted.

Copeland estimated his loss at $1,900.

Investigation is continuing.

- An estimated $2,000 damage was reported regarding a vandalism to a pickup truck.

A report filed by deputy Ken Ritenour noted Mike Welch as the complainant.

According to Welch, the truck was parked at his shop’s lot and when he arrived at work Thursday, he noticed someone had damaged it with what appeared to be a BB gun.

The incident could have occurred between Tuesday and Thursday, according to the report.

- Several items were taken from where they had been stored in a utility trailer while the owner was out of town.

Charles Swink told deputy Earl Pike he had been out of town during the first week of August and noticed the chain had been cut from the trailer Wednesday.

A small air conditioner, a small Black & Decker refrigerator and a Craftsman drill were missing.

Burglars also made their way inside his residence where a television was stolen.

The missing items were valued at $800.