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Kingsport man charged with stealing utility vehicle from Aquatic Center site

Rain Smith • Apr 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Police have charged a man with stealing a Bobcat utility vehicle from the construction site of the Kingsport Aquatic Center.

The equipment, valued at $8,000, has been recovered by investigators, who say the suspect sold it to another individual for $1,000.

Johnny R. Linebaugh, 29, of 2624 Princeton Road, Kingsport, was arrested Thursday at his residence without incident. Kingsport Police Department Sgt. Chris Tincher says a supervisor at the construction site originally alerted police to the alleged theft on April 8.

Investigators say they later received a tip that Linebaugh was responsible for the theft, and had since sold the Bobcat to another man. Tincher says detectives located the equipment and the buyer, with that individual being treated as a witness in the case.

Linebaugh was arrested and charged with theft over $1,000, a felony, and booked into the city jail.

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