Fort Oglethorpe po­lice catch rooftop bur­glar in the act

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE -

Tenn., was ar­rested Aug. 29 on charges of crim­i­nal tres­pass­ing, pos­ses­sion of tools for the com­mis­sion of a crime, theft, and con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary.

Moore has been re­leased from Ca­toosa County jail, but was ex­tra­dited to Dade County af­ter a hold was placed on him re­gard­ing an out­stand­ing war­rant.

The botched bur­glary at­tempt oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 9 p.m. on Aug. 29, when of­fi­cers were dis­patched to the Rugged Wear­house off Bat­tle­field Park­way.

Store em­ploy­ees claimed some­one was on the roof when no one was sup­posed to be.

Of­fi­cer James Davis says when he ar­rived, he and Lt. John McGrath lo­cated a lad­der lead­ing to a hatch up to the roof where they found Moore.

“Mr. Moore stated he was work­ing ex­tra try­ing to fin­ish a job, and was col­lect­ing cop­per from the build­ing,” Davis said. “I lo­cated two spools of cop­per wiring and sev­eral tools Mr. Moore stated he used to gain ac­cess to the wire in the metal con­duit.”

Moore tried to con­vince of­fi­cers that he worked for a company that’d been hired to do work on the build­ing.

He sup­plied of­fi­cers with the name of his su­per­vi­sor, but when they called to check it out, the su­per­vi­sor in­formed po­lice that Moore had re­cently been fired from the company.

“Af­ter con­fronting Mr. Moore with this in­for­ma­tion, he ad­mit­ted he had been fired and that he in­tended to take the cop­per home where he could strip it down and scrap it,” of­fi­cer Davis said.

Af­ter Moore was ar­rested, of­fi­cers col­lected some of his tools as ev­i­dence and de­ter­mined that the two spools of cop­per were val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $4,000 each.

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