Police obtain three arrest warrants after theft

Police obtain three arrest warrants after Habitat for Humanity theft

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The organization was working on four homes last month in their Hope Haven subdivision in the city of Loudon when they noticed the equipment was missing. The organization was working on four homes last month in their Hope Haven subdivision in the city of Loudon when they noticed the equipment was missing.
Josef Smith (Source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office) Josef Smith (Source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Allen (Source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office) Joshua Allen (Source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office)

LOUDON (WATE) – Loudon police have obtained arrest warrants for three people related to stolen equipment at a Habitat for Humanity work site.

The organization was working on four homes last month in their Hope Haven subdivision in the city of Loudon when they noticed the equipment was missing.

Recently installed surveillance cameras caught two pickup trucks speeding through the subdivision with pieces of equipment in the back.

Timothy Lee, a contractor for the site, told 6 News three backhoe buckets were stolen.

After seeing television coverage, a businessman thought he might have purchased the stolen equipment, so he called Loudon County sheriff Tim Guider.

Guider connected police to the businessman and police were able to recover the stolen equipment.

Police also obtained arrest warrants for three people.

  • Josef Smith, 27, is charged with theft over $1,000. He's incarcerated at the Loudon County jail.
  • Paul Bovard, 26, is charged with theft over $1,000. Police say he'll surrender himself Monday night at 5 p.m.
  • Joshua Allen, 22, is charged with two counts of theft over $1,000. Allen has active warrants.

The Loudon Police Department is also looking for a person-of-interest.

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