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Police recover equipment stolen from Habitat for Humanity site

11:39 PM, Aug 5, 2013   |    comments
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  • Courtesy: Loudon Police Department
  • Josef Smith
  • Joshua Eric Allen
  • Paul James Bovard
    

(WBIR-Loudon) Three men are facing charges after heavy construction equipment was stolen from a Habitat for Humanity site.

The Loudon Police Department says 27-year-old Josef Smith, 26-year-old Paul James Bovard and 22-year-old Joshua Eric Allen have been arrested and face charges of theft over $1,000.

Police say they are also seeking an additional person of interest to interview.

The charges come after police say three backhoe buckets were taken from a Habitat for Humanity subdivision, Hope Haven. The buckets belong to contractor, Tim Lee, who was doing work for the group.

Police say a local businessman called Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider after seeing a news report. He told the sheriff he suspected he had purchased the stolen equipment.

Officers were able to recover the stolen equipment, which they say led to the arrest of the suspects.

"It's just upsetting that people would consider stealing for an organization that's trying to do so much good and trying to work with our families and provide them a decent place to live," said Loudon County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Shauna Oden.

"We've spent a lot of time tied up in the last week doing this stuff and we need to be doing other stuff. That's why we're here. We ain't here to help the thieves out," said contractor, Tim Lee.

Unfortunately, it's not the first time they've had items stolen including a truck battery among other smaller items. That's why they invested in surveillance cameras.  Police used the video from their system to help catch the suspects.

Update -- August 2, 2013

Police say the equipment stolen from a Habitat for Humanity site in Loudon has been recovered.

They say the investigation is ongoing, and charges are coming soon.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

Previous story -- August 1, 2013

Police are searching for stolen equipment from a Habitat for Humanity site in Loudon.

Officials said in a release that someone stole several backhoe buckets valued at approximately $4,000, belonging to the construction company working on the project. Pictured in this article are two vehicles police believe were involved in the thefts. One appears to be an extended cab Ford Ranger and the other a four-door Nissan Frontier.

The construction company is offering a financial reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in this crime.

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