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Georgetown Police arrest three for stealing $120,000 in equipment

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Georgetown Police officials are calling this a big arrest. They've caught three men whom they say stole over $120,000 in equipment from Johnson Controls and likely sold the stolen goods to scrap yards.

After two months of investigation and following leads, Georgetown Police have arrested 24-year-old Robert Bellamy, 54-year-old Benjamin Smith and 27-year-old Randall Menefee.

Police say all three face charges in connection to stealing 15 cast aluminum dies and 15 steel racks worth over $120,000. These pieces of equipment, weighing hundreds of pounds, are used to make seats for cars including Toyotas.

Officers say thefts like this are potentially crippling to businesses.

"Not only are they out the cost of the equipment; but they have to replace it," explained Lt. Robert Swanigan of the Georgetown Police Department. "And when they're down, they can't do the work. So, it's a big loss for them."

Georgetown Police officials say they are looking for some sort of restitution for the folks here at Johnson Controls. They also say they aren't sure how these three men became aware of the equipment, saying none of them worked there.

Bellamy and Smith are charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000. Menefee faces more significant charges, including theft and burglary.

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