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Jones charged with stealing trees, damaging cornfield
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An alleged nursery thief has been bound to the grand jury on charges he not only stole trees but he also tore up a cornfield during his getaway.The suspect, Greg D. Jones, 37, waived his right to preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Larry Ross and was bound to the grand jury on charges of theft, vandalism and criminal trespass.His binding comes for a theft that occurred at Derwin Stewart’s Nursery on West Green Hill Road. Sheriff’s investigator Steve Carpenter revealed there were 12 emerald green trees taken from the rural nursery, all taken without the owner’s permission. The trees were valued at $360.While fleeing the scene with the trees, investigator Carpenter said Jones did damage to a nearby field.“Upon exiting the nursery, Mr. Jones drove through a cornfield destroying $335 worth of corn,” Carpenter said, noting the damage to the field was almost as much as the estimated worth of the stolen trees.Carpenter said he was able to locate the stolen trees in short order.“The trees were found at Mr. Jones’ residence on Short Mountain Road,” Carpenter said.