Cookeville, TN USA: Was it art or theft?

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Was it art or theft?
by Mary Jo Denton
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COOKEVILLE — Two young men claiming to need scrap metal for an art project will be telling their story to a judge soon, as they have been arrested for theft.

Terry W. Jones, 24, and Larry Edward Scott, 20, both of Sycamore Street, Cookeville, were cited for theft last week after Cookeville Police Officer Darrin Stout responded to a theft complaint call at Bob’s Body Shop on West Broad Street and made an investigation.

“Before my arrival, I was advised by dispatch that the suspects had fled the scene and were last seen near the church at Fourth and Broad Street,” Stout’s report says. “I had just passed two males at that location, so I turned around to speak to them.”

Allegedly, the two told the officer they had just left the body shop “because they were being accused of stealing.”

When Officer Lester Langford arrived, Stout left him with the two suspects and then went to the body shop to talk to the owner.

The owner told the officer he had given permission for the two young men to take scrap metal for an art project they said they doing.

But he soon discovered that they “were not involved in an art project, but were selling the metal for profit,” the report says.

The two had left their car at the body shop when they fled on foot after being confronted, and inside the trunk was an auto transmission, Stout said.

That transmission had been stolen, the owner said.

Detective Sgt. Tim Terry interviewed the two suspects, and after that, Stout cited them for theft.

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