Lucy C. Laney High teacher charged in theft of auto parts

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 11:09 AM
Last updated 9:37 PM
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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.

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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.

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itsanotherday1 01/08/13 - 11:57 am
Maximum sentence!

All thefts aren't equivalent. When you have a well defined problem like metal thefts, the penalties should escalate as a deterrent. You steal a lawn mower, treat it normally; steal metal and you receive the max allowed.

Riverman1 01/09/13 - 07:56 am
If your teacher sold 7 stolen

If your teacher sold 7 stolen catalytic converters and got $1,100 for all them, how much did he get for each one? If his bond is set at $2,600 how much did he lose in total?

dichotomy 01/09/13 - 12:48 pm
Being a thief is "grave"

Being a thief is "grave" anywhere but in the Richmond County school system. We let an embezzler continue to work and a charged thief will be in the classroom teaching your kids. "Innocent until proven guilty" simply means you don't put them in jail or execute them until after they are convicted. It DOES NOT mean they have carte blanche to continue working in a classroom full of impressionable kids. Lots of people's careers and lives have been altered by a "charge" and classroom teachers should be held to that standard. At a minimum he should be taken out of the classroom and sent to shuffling papers down at the BOE until he is convicted and THEN he should be both locked up AND fired.

But what the heck, let's protect this guy and damn the example we set for the kids. We need to keep an eye on this guy's case. Apparently we have one Roundtree protecting him already and we know who protected the embezzler.

my.voice 01/09/13 - 02:30 pm
Kids, Mr Blocker wont be in

Kids, Mr Blocker wont be in today, he is having car trouble.

Fiat_Lux 01/09/13 - 04:59 pm
Another wonderful role model for the kids

And because he is supposed to be a model for high school student to emulate, he deserves a much harsher punishment that an ordinary drone.

But then again, maybe they already knew he has the character of a goat...

Patty-P 01/09/13 - 10:26 pm
dichotomy makes a valid

dichotomy makes a valid point.

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