Local man arrested in Red Bank theft investigation

Red Bank, TN (WDEF) – It’s a story we first shared on News 12 last week. Friday we aired surveillance video of a man taking off with a donation jar filled with more than $400, and Wednesday, thanks dozens in the community, the Red Bank Police Department finally made an arrest.

"We had several tips come in from citizens throughout the community to identify who our suspect was," said Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol, "We were able to follow up on those tips, identify the suspect and were actually able to charge him."

Red Bank police have charged 22-year-old Bradley A. Powell with theft under $500, after he walked out of the Red Bank Thrift Store on Dayton Blvd., carrying money meant to build a wheelchair ramp for a cancer patient.

"He admitted to the theft, but I don’t know if he actually understood that it was a donation jar for a cancer victim," said Christol, "But you know theft is theft. It doesn’t matter if he’s stealing from someone like that or from a business. He knew what he was doing, and so he’s being charged criminally for that theft."

Even though all of the money was gone by the time officers arrested Powell, people from the community have already stepped in to help. "After the news was aired," said store owner Daniel Shoats, "The community has brought in quite a bit of funding, and the ramp was started this morning and hopefully will be finished by tomorrow evening."

Powell is currently being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a thousand dollar bond, and is scheduled to appear in court before Judge Huston.

Categories: Crime, Hamilton County, Local News

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