Three people are facing charges after allegedly stealing nearly $40,000 worth of tools and a trailer from the parking lot of Delia’s Mexican Restaurant in late October, according to an arrest report on file at the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department.
Three arrests were made upon investigation, and Bryan Macon, 34; Trevor Sligh, 28; and Lacryssa Bartley, 19, are facing a variety of charges in relation to the theft.
Deputies responded to reports of the theft at around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Upon speaking with the victim and reviewing security footage, RCSD Deputy Stephen Huskey said that the camera showed a white Chevy Trailblazer entering the property at around 5:30 a.m. and the pulling a trailer filled with tools out of the property at around 5:34 a.m.
“[The victim] stated the Trailblazer was pulling the trailer and turned right, going north on Highway 27,” Huskey said. “[He] said the Trailblazer was almost dragging the ground because the trailer was so heavy.”
Upon further investigation, Huskey said the trailer and tools were eventually located at a location on White Oak Road behind and abandoned barn.
“The trailer had damage on it where it had hit a guard wire at the corner of the driveway, and the trailer hit the barn,” Huskey said. “The suspects also cut and damaged the back drop gate and the axles may have been damaged.”
Later that afternoon, RCSD Deputy Jesse Wilkey located a white Chevy Trailblazer at around 1 p.m. on the same day on Highway 30 near Fourth avenue and initiated a traffic stop.
Huskey said that Macon, Sligh and Bartley were all in the vehicle and that Wilkey discovered tools that had the victim’s initials on them. The victim identified the tools deputies were able to recover at the scene but said that some tools were still missing.
Macon, Sligh and Barltey were all charged with theft of property worth more than $10,000, vandalism of property and burglary. Sligh and Bartley had their bonds set at $45,000, while Macon’s bond has not yet been set. All three were still incarcerated at the Rhea County Jail as of press time Tuesday.