2 Arrested In Thefts Of Church Central Heat And A/C Units In Bradley County

Monday, August 4, 2014
Cody Lebron Pace
Cody Lebron Pace

Suspect information that was the result of shared information from separate investigations in Bradley County and Meigs County led to the apprehension of two suspects in connection with recent thefts of central heat and air conditioning units from churches.

Detectives at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office have charged Donald Ray Hyatt, 42, and Cody Lebron Pace, 21, both of Carroll Lane in Cleveland, each with four counts of theft over $1,000.  Additional charges may be filed in four other law enforcement jurisdictions.

Charges filed in Bradley County are the result of the following thefts: 

  • Three units at Union Grove Church of Christ on Bates Pike reported on July 14.
  • One unit at Thompson Springs Baptist Church on Bates Pike reported on July 18.
  • One unit from Cedar Springs Baptist Church on Cedar Springs Road reported on July 18.
  • One unit from Covenant Baptist Church on Calhoun Road reported on July 22.

Separate investigations are being conducted into thefts of exterior HVAC units at churches in the city of Cleveland, McMinn County, Polk County and Meigs County.

It is believed the metal was sold to dealers for scrap value.  Losses in Bradley County alone exceeded $21,000.
Donald Ray Hyatt
Donald Ray Hyatt

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