Police halt long-term theft operation

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‘If he’d known we were coming, he definitely could of held us off.’

By Becky Barnes

It was more than a drug bust, more than a recovery of stolen property. It was a seizure of thousands of dollars worth of pills and stolen property as well as thousands of dollars.

Police suspected that the garage apartment at 145 N. Church St. held a cache of stolen items. There was a report of nearly $500,000 of stolen goods that was said to be in the home. However, what they found was astounding, even to Cpl. Walter Tapp who was investigating the alleged theft from TI Automotive Group.

“We have been looking at Charles Helton as a person of interest for over a year,” Tapp said Monday following Helton’s Friday night arrest.

Helton, 53, has been charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000, receiving stolen property under $10,000, trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school, trafficking a controlled substance, trafficking a controlled substance (cocaine), trafficking marijuana under eight ounces, possession of drug paraphernalia and defacing a firearm.


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