MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Shelby County Sheriff deputies arrested four people Thursday night for thefts from construction sites out of Arlington. They say there was enough stolen equipment to fill five tractor trailers.
Deputies confiscated nine vehicles with items like air conditioners, roofing supplies, just about anything you would need to build a home.
Deputies say these types of crimes have been going on at construction sites in Arlington for weeks and the contractors hit are fed up.
Arlington is a prime location for new subdivisions and homes, but lately it’s been a safe haven for thieves.
“It started about two weeks ago for us, two to three weeks ago, they started cutting the copper out of the houses, then it went to roofing supplies,” says Sam Hearn, the superintendent of Creekside Homes.
Thursday night after a week-long investigation, Deputies were led to a home and found thousands of dollars-worth of construction material.
“What they found was unbelievable,” says Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Earle Farrell. “I just came back from around the house, literally thousands of pounds of roofing material.”
Some of the goods belong to Hearn and Creekside homes.
“It’s not just the fact that they’re stealing. They’re causing damage when they do the stuff that, they do too,” says Hearn.
Deputies believe the thefts were part of a much larger operation targeting construction sites in Arlington.
“Four arrests made, nine vehicles were confiscated, and I was just talking to some deputies a minute ago, there have been roofing people coming to make purchases of the roofing materials that’s here,” says Farrell.
“It’s irritating, it’s an everyday thing,” says Hearn.
Officials have not released the names of the four people arrested. They are facing theft charges.