As Bradley County investigators continue to search for suspects in a rash of air unit thefts from churches in rural areas, they are also investigating the theft of copper wiring from a structure located on Burke Ridge Road.
Deputy Darren Miller of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office filed a report for Brandon McDonald, who said someone took copper wire from inside a Rheem HVAC unit, destroying the capability of the equipment.
According to the report, McDonald, who is a resident of Chattanooga, has been in the process of remodeling the structure and noticed Monday the air unit had been damaged.
The HVAC unit was valued at $2,500.
Investigation has been turned over to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
n Cleveland Police Department detectives have been busy investigating thefts from yards, carports and outbuildings during the past few weeks.
Tools and other items have been taken.
According to another report filed by Miller, he was called to a Howard Street home where construction tools and equipment had been stolen.
James Stone said someone came onto his property and took a ladder, a pressure washer, a sledgehammer and a microwave oven.
Stone said the items were valued at $225.
n Tennessee Highway Patrol are holding Driver’s License Roadside, Seat Belt and DUI Safety Checkpoints in Bradley County and Polk County.
The checkpoints will be set up in random locations in each respective county.
According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.
All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and availability of manpower.