Two arrested for taking school bleachers

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Deputies arrested two men for stealing aluminum bleachers from Tubman Middle School on Monday.

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Richmond County Board of Education workers Paul Wells (left) and Wayne Kirby retrieve aluminum bleachers that were stolen from Tubman Middle School on Monday. Employees loaded the  bleachers onto a truck for the trip back to the school.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Richmond County Board of Education workers Paul Wells (left) and Wayne Kirby retrieve aluminum bleachers that were stolen from Tubman Middle School on Monday. Employees loaded the bleachers onto a truck for the trip back to the school.

David Pearson, 44, and Francisco Govia, 37, both of 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 also were carrying tools.

Authorities were able to identify the bleachers because they had sap stains from a pecan tree, and those stains matched sap stains on 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.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 01/05/10 - 02:22 am
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Wait wait wait......They were

Wait wait wait......They were pushing bleachers in a shopping cart? Ha..... Bet the cart was stolen too. Let me guess, these thieves found the carts and bleachers just sittng in a ditch somewhere? Sounds about right for that part of town......

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55 F-100 01/05/10 - 07:30 am
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Just a couple of Obama voters

Just a couple of Obama voters who didn't get their "Post Office Money" increased as Obama promised, and their payments on their "O" tattoos were coming due.

whyaskwhy
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whyaskwhy 01/05/10 - 08:16 am
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No 55 F-100, this behavior

No 55 F-100, this behavior was going on long before Mr. Obama got in office. People in the inner city see these Black and White folk all the time. They have serious problems, but the bigger problem is the man at the scrap yard who continues to buy from them to keep his business up and running. As long as HE is giving them money, they will take anything from anywhere. And yes, the missing carts cost Kroger, K-Mart, Bilo, etc big money. This YOU will pay for in a price increase. This is nothing to joke about, it has a negative effect on too many people. The city needs to address the problem. No one would make money off stolen goods if they did not have a "don't care, ready and willing buyer".

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TrukinRanger 01/05/10 - 08:26 am
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The scrap yards need to be
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The scrap yards need to be fined!!! HEAVILY!!

Native007
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Native007 01/05/10 - 09:06 am
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What does a sappy bleacher go

What does a sappy bleacher go for these days?

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Lp_J 01/05/10 - 01:34 pm
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good point why ask why

good point why ask why

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/06/10 - 05:44 pm
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why, you are right. with out

why, you are right. with out the scrap yard owner/dealers willing to pay for items they know to be stolen is the main problem. if the owners/dealers at these scrap yards wou practice a bit of due dilligence and require proper id, and report any suspicious items to the police this practice would decrease greatly. they probably wouldn't have taken the bleachers if they 1) haven't sold stolen alum/copper before(to the same scrap yard), 2) was aware the dealer/owner would report them and require proper id

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