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Produce provider in jail over stolen goods

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After a tip from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Richmond County investigators found a stash of stolen property Monday in the warehouse at Leo's Produce on Fifth Street.

Leo's Produce owner Leo Char­­ette was arrested and charged with four counts of theft by receiving stolen goods, according to Lt. Tony Walden, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Walden said investigators found a golf cart, a four-wheeler, a car trailer and a personal watercraft that had been stolen from homes in south Augusta and Blythe.

Leo's is under contract to provide produce to the Columbia County School System through the end of this school year. Superintendent Charles Nagle said company executives assured him that the charged against Charette won't affect deliveries.

The Richmond County School System has its produce contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, but Leo's is one of the department's vendors, school spokesman Lou Svehla said. He said that Charette's situation should not affect produce deliveries because the Defense Department, not Leo's, is ultimately responsible for getting produce to the school system.

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scoobynews
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scoobynews 12/08/10 - 11:32 am
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My parents who live in

My parents who live in Jefferson county recently had their golf cart stolen. Someone just pulled in their yard in the middle of the night and pushed the golf cart right out of the yard. These people need to get a job and stop stealing from people who work hard to get what they have. Stealing is just plain wrong!

jewel
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jewel 12/08/10 - 12:07 pm
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Wow! This guy has had

Wow! This guy has had contracts with Richmond county schools for years. Is something missing here?

mable8
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mable8 12/08/10 - 01:11 pm
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scoobynews: The guy has a

scoobynews: The guy has a job; matter of fact, he owns his own business, so it isn't that he was unemployed and the reason for committing the thefts. His motive is $$--sell the goods to a fence and it's like having cash in the attic. Hopefully, his connections with the found merchandise will clear many cases for burglary and that it puts his behind in the lock up for a while.

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scoobynews 12/08/10 - 01:23 pm
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Mable8 - I know that the

Mable8 - I know that the owner where the stuff was found has a job but I am sure he "employs" the unemployed to do the dirty work. Sad but some folks would rather steal for others than work. It is even more disgusting that this guy sells stuff that is stolen to others just plain pathetic. I just hope they find their golf cart. My son who is 2 road with his grammie every day and loved it. I guess theives don't care about that though.

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raul 12/08/10 - 02:40 pm
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Wonder if the search warrant

Wonder if the search warrant was specific to the items that weren't found. Technical glitch? Let the lawyers hash it out!

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lifelongresident 12/08/10 - 04:51 pm
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wait didn't mr. starette
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wait didn't mr. starette attempt to team with marion williams to get the county to finance a race track??? he was going to put up 1 million of his own money??? what????? put the money up and somehow recoup it by being awarded contracts with the city or school board???

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south.ga 12/09/10 - 10:57 am
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I understand that illiteracy

I understand that illiteracy is a reap problem, but DO NOT mistake someone like "Charette" for Starett. "Lifelong"please make use of those literacy programs available and have them read Mrs. Starretts obituary to you. Yes, Jack Starrett is deceased ,but while alive , he was a law abiding, upstanding person, loved by the community. Dont associate a low life like Leo with the accused criminal we all loathe.

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