A Richmond County high school teacher is free on bond after being charged with selling auto parts stolen from an Augusta scrap yard to a metal recycler, according to Richmond County sheriff’s records.
Clinton Blocker, 45, of Reynolds Farm Road in Aiken, was arrested Monday afternoon when he was stopped while trying to sell catalytic converters to Direct Metals Recycling Center, 207 Sand Bar Ferry Road, a sheriff’s report said.
Sheriff’s Investigator Kendall Brown happened to be at the business performing recycling compliance checks when Blocker arrived driving a blue Chevrolet S-10 pickup loaded with seven catalytic converters marked with a white “X,” the report said.
Duane Anglin, a manager at Pull-A-Part, 327 Sand Bar Ferry Road, confirmed that the parts were among those stolen there Dec. 30. Employees reported seeing a black man tossing several converters – marked with a white “X” – over a perimeter fence that borders the Savannah River levee.
They later saw him drive away with the converters in a blue S-10 pickup.
The report said Blocker also sold five converters with the same mark to Direct Metals on Friday. The total value of the parts was estimated at $1,100.
Brown arrested Blocker and charged him with two misdemeanor counts of theft by receiving. He was released Tuesday on bonds totaling $2,600, according to jail records.
Carol Rountree, the executive director for student services with Richmond County schools, confirmed that Blocker is a teacher at Lucy. C. Laney High School.
Rountree said she expected he would remain in the job at least until the case has been adjudicated. Policy requires teachers to be placed on leave only if they are accused of something “of a grave nature, such as something that would require him to be away from children,” she said.
“He is assumed to be innocent until he is proven guilty,” she said.