Three charged in theft of highway lag bolts
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jul 15, 2014 | 1227 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three people were arrested for taking more than $1,000 in bolts which are typically used in the highway construction process.

According to a report filed by Deputy Travis Smith of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, he responded to Old Power Line Lane and spoke with Rick Tomlinson of Rossville, Ga.-based Talley Construction.

Tomlinson said his co-worker saw a couple in a gray van taking lag bolts that are used in construction of concrete dividers along roadways.

Tomlinson approached the two, who were later identified as Kenneth F. Griffin, 54, and Cindy D. Griffin, 45, both of Calhoun.

Tomlinson gathered license tag information and took photos of the two prior to them leaving the business.

Deputy Sam Collins made contact with the suspects and found a third person was also involved. Cindy Griffin’s brother, Dennis E. Melton, was arrested along with the couple.

According to the report, not all of the lag bolts were recovered, resulting in charges of theft over $1,000.

They were taken to the Bradley County Jail and booked on the charge.

- Cash was taken along with the wallet where it had been kept, according to a report filed by Jesse Jones.

Kayla Chambers said her wallet was taken from her vehicle while it was parked at a Parker Drive address.

The vehicle was not secured at the time of the theft, and a window was down, according to Chambers’ statement to the deputy.

A number of identification cards and approximately $375 in cash was taken.