published Monday, April 9th, 2012

Bradley County man, 60, accused of stealing metal

A 60-year-old man was arrested in connection with the theft of scrap metal at the same location where he was arrested on the same charges last year, authorities say.

Robert James Davis of Rollins Ridge Road was taken into custody on April 4 at the scene of a theft in progress, said Bradley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Gault. He has been charged with attempted theft over $10,000 and vandalism under $500, Gault said.

Deputies found Davis digging his van out of a large hole that he said is the same one he drove into when deputies arrested him several months ago at the same location, Gault said.

Records show Davis was taken into custody on Nov. 4 in response to a 911 call of a theft-in-progress to the same location.

On April 4, the property owner contacted the sheriff's office after seeing a white van in an area of the earlier scrap metal theft.

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