December 4, 2021

Two Roanoke men charged with aluminum theft

Tyrone Johnson (Photo: HCSO)

(Franklin, GA) — Two Roanoke, AL men are in the Heard County jail this morning and charged with stealing from a major local business.

According to a report from Franklin Police Department investigator Lt. Tino Brooks, one of the men had contracted with JAC Products to remove scrap pallets from the property at 226 Mary Johnson Drive in Franklin.

However, in addition to the scrap pallets, the men were allegedly caught on video sneaking some of the heavy aluminum billets used by the manufacturer off of the property as well.

46-year-old Tyrone Johnson and 56-year-old Thomas Staples are each charged with Felony Theft-by Taking after being arrested by the FPD on Thursday.

Johnson was the individual contracted by the company for the pallet removal.

Thomas Staples

The two men are charged with taking around 10,000 pounds of aluminum with an estimated value of around $14,000.

According to Lt. Brooks, although the men are only charged with the theft of 10,000 pounds, the company estimates that over 141,000 pounds of material with an estimated value of $300,000 has been taken over the last few months and the investigation is ongoing.

As of this morning the pair were awaiting a first appearance hearing in court.

Stay tuned to for further info and updates if they become available.

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