ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man who is no stranger to law enforcement finds himself in jail again.
Deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old, Shelby Waford on Monday for theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespassing. Detectives tell WKYT that Waford was wearing two court-ordered ankle monitor devices.
Sheriff's deputies say Waford and 32-year-old, Charles Walls stole more than $500 of scrap metal from a home on Harrodsburg Road.
Court records show that Waford has been arrested more than 25 times in Anderson County.
Detectives with the sheriff's office say they don't have anything to do with the monitoring of those devices.
The property owner alerted the the sheriff's office about the theft in progress. The victim told police that the two men were taking his scrap metal and loading into a truck.
Anderson County detectives say the investigation is ongoing, and they are looking into the possibility of this case being connected to other scrap metal theft cases.
Orville Baker is a business owner in Anderson County and he has also been a victim of scrap metal theft. He was frustrated to learn about Waford's arrest. "If he had an ankle bracelet on, it should have tripped an alarm as soon as he left his house."
Kentucky Alternative is the company in charge of issuing and monitoring the court-ordered devices for Waford. Officials with the company tell WKYT that Waford wore one device to make sure he does not consume alcohol and another one to track his location.
Kentucky Alternative Employees say that Waford was issued work-release. They say he was allowed to leave home and work as a contractor in the county. On the day that Waford was arrested for stealing scrap metal, employees of Kentucky Alternative say he told them that he was going to get scrap metal from that location to bring to the junk yard. Staff admit he did not say he was going to steal the scrap metal.
Baker thinks people like Waford need to be given stricter punishments in order to teach them a lesson. "The court system doesn't seem to want us to do anything. If we enforce some real penalties, the first time they get caught, they'd get the hint that this is not the way to make money."
Kentucky Alternative officials say they stand behind their devices. They tell WKYT that they keep track of people through GPS on the computer and on phones.
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