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Times’ photo leads to arrests

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 5:23 am

A photo of wrought iron fence pictured in The Times a few weeks ago has led to the arrests of two suspects so far, with more arrests anticipated, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department investigators said Monday morning. 

Several investigators who had been assigned separate theft and burglary cases found that information from their individual cases tied together.

Investigator Doug Boeringer stated that information the sheriff’s department received alleged that Jason Sledge had taken the wrought iron fencing pictured in the photo published in The Times. Wrought iron fence had been stolen from a barn on at least two occasions and then taken to Harmon’s Scrap Metal in Hazel Green, Ala. 

“Charges are pending on another individual,” said Boeringer.

He noted that the wrought iron was no longer at the scrap yard and that it had likely been melted down.

Sgt. Terry Quick investigated two separate burglaries on Winchester Highway, where copper gas line, batteries, a pump motor, a tank and other items were stolen. These items were also sold for scrap metal. Sledge was again tied to this theft, authorities said.

Investigator James Owen was working on a burglary case that occurred Nov. 15 on Deer Trace. There, cash, jewelry, a gun and a Samsung Galaxy tablet were stolen.

Owen said some of the stolen property was recovered. The individuals who had it in their possession told investigators where they got it, Owen said.  One of the items was the tablet, which contained information about the stolen property. Sledge again was charged with the burglary, along with another suspect, Cord Miller.

Sheriff Murray Blackwelder and Investigator Joyce McConnell checked on information related to the thefts and conferred with the officers.

“It all tied in together,” said Investigator James Owen. 

Sledge, 24, of 205 Bellview Avenue South, was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft of property between $1,000-$10,000, three counts of theft of property and aggravated burglary.  Sledge was held at the Lincoln County Jail on $140,000 bond. Deputies Mike Pitts and Sgt. Terry Quick made the arrest.

 Miller, 21, 655 Howell Hill Road, Flintville, was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property between $1,000-$10,000. He was held at the jail on $15,000 bond. Deputy John MacDonald was the arresting officer.