Walker County Sheriff’s Investigator Chuck Tidwell said Cody Ray Blake Freeman, 19, of Liberty Road in Jasper was taken into custody and charged with second-degree receiving stolen property after he allegedly attempted to sell forks from a small forklift to a recycling facility in Jasper.
“The forks were stolen from a residence on Sanders Road in Jasper, and two of our patrol deputies, Scott Drummond and Mark Bell, were looking for them when the folks at a recycling facility in Jasper contacted the sheriff’s office to let us know someone was there attempting to sell them,” Tidwell said.
Tidwell said Drummond and Bell took the report around 7:05 a.m. Monday and began working the case in attempt to locate the stolen property.
“They took the report that morning and Freeman was arrested at 2:21 p.m. and charged with receiving stolen property,” Tidwell said. “It’s not often you have a suspect in custody within hours of a theft report like this being taken, so Scott and Mark did an outstanding job.”
Tidwell said the investigation regarding this case is still ongoing, but Freeman appears to be the main person of interest in the case.
“We’re still looking into whether or not he had any help, but from what we’ve learned this is the first time he has ever been in any kind of trouble,” Tidwell said.
Freeman was placed in the Walker County Jail on a $15,000 property bond.