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Lee pair indicted in theft of catalytic converters

February 4th, 2007 11:15 pm by WALTER LITTRELL



JONESVILLE - Two Lee County men were indicted Friday by a Lee County grand jury in connection with the theft of two of three catalytic converters in the St. Charles area in December.


Ezra Rogers, 28, P.O. Box 368, Ben Hur, was indicted on two counts of grand larceny for allegedly stealing the converters from two individuals in the St. Charles area.


Justin Britt, 24, Route 2, Box 492, Pennington Gap, was indicted on two counts of receiving stolen property in connection with the converters.


According to court documents, investigators were dispatched to St. Charles on Dec. 16 to investigate the theft of three converters in the area. While police investigated, one of the victims called Ward's Junkyard in Stickleyville and was told that Britt, who police had already developed as a suspect, and another male had recently sold some converters for scrap.


The victim went to the junkyard and identified one of the converters as being his. Police then picked up Britt for questioning, and he allegedly gave a statement in which he claimed that Rogers brought him some converters and the two then sold them to the junkyard.


The grand jury also returned indictments against two Tennessee men for the July burglary of Gibson Station Baptist Church. An offering box, valued at $300, was taken during that burglary, and a window was destroyed in the process of the break-in. James Louis Maiden, 31, 271 Parks Circle, Harrogate, and Ronnie Allen Rose, 23, 116 Carlton St., Harrogate, have been charged with one count each of break and enter and grand larceny and two counts each of conspiracy.


Others indicted, and their charges, include:


• Jeffery Carroll, 22, General Delivery, Rose Hill, break and enter, grand larceny, two counts conspire.


• James William Culbertson Jr., 43, 1828 Fourth St., Richlands, escape.


• Jerome Davis, 30, Guest River Road, Norton, construction fraud, contract without a license.


• Chad Allen Garrett, 24, Route 1, Box 30, Keokee, felony elude pursuit.


• Darryl Dewayne Garrett, 38, P.O. Box 63, St. Charles, grand larceny, conspire.


• Mickey Edward Gibson, 34, Route 1, Box 4058, Jonesville, felony elude pursuit, reckless driving after having been declared a habitual offender.


• Seth Allan Jones, 19, P.O. Box 577, Big Stone Gap, grand larceny, conspire.


• Mark Wayne Mullins, 27, P.O. Box 143, Dryden, break and enter, assault and batter a police officer.


• Patricia Louise Pennington, 56, P.O. Box 476, Dryden, make false statement on a firearms transaction form.


An indictment is not an indication of guilt, and trials for the accused will be scheduled at a later date.


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