Suspects Shelby Ray Mart, 20, of 69 Forest Circle Cadiz, Andy Dawson, 29, listed as homeless, and Josh D. Neeble, 23, of 252 Hilltop Street, Cadiz face charges of First Degree Criminal Mischief and Theft by Unlawful Taking, a felony, as the amount the trio allegedly attempted to steal totals more than $300. Mart also faces charges related to a Trigg County Bench Warrant for failure to pay fines and a Circuit Court indictment charging him with two counts of felony Receiving of Stolen Property and a violation of an Emergency Protection Order. He was held in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
Police served Dawson with two Trigg County bench Warrants for non-payment of fines totaling $1,175.
A police press release said that Officer Matt Dolezal investigated a Saturday theft of copper wiring from the roof of a school building Monday afternoon. At 7:01 p.m. the same day, the police received a report of three men on the roof of the gym.
Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Godair spotted the suspects traveling on foot along Main Street five minutes later. According to his arrest report of Mart, a witness observed the three suspects on the roof with pry bars.
During the investigation, Godair and Dolezal determined a reasonable suspicion that the suspects took the wiring from the roof and allegedly attempted to steal more by cutting into a live 600-amp service wire on the gym.
The press release said that the theft damaged wiring on the roof of the gym, affecting electrical service and air conditioning. Estimates of the damage run into “several thousand dollars.”
For more on the damage to the school, and possible effect on graduation, read The Cadiz Record.