Brown Charged After GPS Pinpoints Location Of Stolen Box Truck

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Charles Eric Brown
Charles Eric Brown

Police have arrested Charles Eric Brown after a GPS pinpointed the location of an expensive stolen box truck and other stolen items at his parents' residence.

Brown, 29, of 3000 McGill Cemetery Road, is charged with theft over $65,000, burglary and vandalism.

Officials of American Stage Company on Tennessee Avenue reported a burglary on July 30. The owner said they locked up the business on Friday, the 28th. When an employee came to pick up a truck, it was found that the front gate lock had been cut and the garage door damaged.

Taken were numerous power tools and hand tools, in addition to the 26-foot truck.

The owner said he was first told by Penske that the truck did not have GPS tracking. He said he later was told it did and it was showing it at the McGill Cemetery Road address.

The owner went there with an officer on Aug. 4. He said he could see some of his missing items in the front yard. There was a black box on wheels with an open top and a large chain hoist. Five stolen boxes were located.

Alvin and Virginia Brown said Charles Eric Brown brought the box to his house. Ms. Brown said she had seen Charles Eric Brown in the stolen truck. She said a guy named Kevin was driving.

At this point, the owner noticed his stolen truck driving by. Officers pursued the truck, but it went into Marion County. After Charles Eric Brown was interviewed, he told officers where the truck could be found.

Charles Eric Brown denied knowing anything about the burglary.



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