During the past few months, a significant increase in metal theft has been reported to local law enforcement officials, and now the crime has made its way to the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway.
On Monday, Detective Matt Jenkins of the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division began searching for a suspect involved in taking a monument faceplate from a section of the local linear park.
According to Jenkins, the faceplate was purchased by local businessman Allan Jones, who partnered with Sherry Brown to ensure an area along the Willow Street extension of the Greenway was made possible. The interpretive faceplate also explained the area had been designated as an Urban Wildlife area and that research showed habitat such as birds and other wildlife were inhabitants.
Jenkins informed the Cleveland Daily Banner of the theft and wanted the residents to be on the lookout for the faceplate.
“We have contacted area metal dealers in hopes of finding the faceplate. The dealers are very good about reporting,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins also noted that it was unclear when the monument’s faceplate was actually taken; however, Toby Pendergrass, chief of staff at Jones Management reported the theft to officer Edward Millian on Friday.
Perpetrators face felony charges of theft and vandalism when apprehended, according to Jenkins.
Anyone having additional information regarding the theft timeline or suspect information is asked to call Jenkins at 728-7311 and follow the voice prompts, or call 303-3134.