Men charged in theft of Tubman school bleachers

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Richmond County Board of Education Maintenance and Facilities employees Paul Wells, left, and Wayne Kirby carry stolen aluminum bleachers to their truck to be reassembled after police saw two men pushing Kroger carts loaded with the bleachers at the corner of Steiner Ave. and Clay St.

Deputies arrested two men for stealing aluminum bleachers from Tubman Middle School this afternoon. David Pearson, 44, and Francisco Govia, 37, both from Augusta, were stopped shortly before noon on Steiner Street near Clay Street after they were seen pushing the bleachers in Kroger shopping carts, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robbie Silas.

Sgt. Silas said the men were carrying tools and that authorities were able to identify the bleachers because they had sap stains from a pecan tree that matched the other bleachers at the school.

“They were coming down the road with them and were headed down to the scrap yard to cash them in,” Sgt. Silas said.

Both men are facing charges of felony theft by taking.

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