Chester Lee Coleman, 52, allegedly stole several gas pump meters and copper from Anniston Pump Shop, a petroleum equipment remanufacturer, located on U.S. 431. A police report states the thefts began on Dec. 26 and Coleman allegedly returned to the business several times before he was arrested on Jan. 4.
A representative from Anniston Pump Shop declined to comment on the thefts.
The 16 gas pump meters, used to measure the amount of fuel passing through gas lines, Coleman is charged with stealing are valued at $2,400, according to a police report.
Coleman was charged with third-degree burglary on Jan. 4 after police received a burglary-in-progress call from an Anniston Pump Shop employee between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Anniston Lt. Fred Forsythe said. The employee found Coleman stealing copper and detained him until police arrived, Forsythe said.
Police arrested Coleman at the scene and discovered he entered the business by forcing open a door, Forsythe said. Through an ongoing investigation, police determined Coleman was connected to several other thefts reported by the business, Forsythe said.
“Investigators have been working on this case for several months,” Forsythe said.
Coleman was charged with two-counts second-degree theft and two-counts third-degree theft Monday, Sgt. Chris Sparks said.
Bond is set at $26,500 and a court date scheduled for March 11.
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