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McKillip confesses to stealing metal grates
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An accused thief who was not afraid of heavy lifting has been bound on charges he stole drainage grates from a car wash to sell as scrap metal.
The defendant, Dustin McKillip, has reportedly confessed to at least one theft claiming he needed the money to pay a child’s medical bills but has denied other similar thefts which lawmen believe he committed. He was bound to the grand jury on theft charges following a preliminary hearing Tuesday before General Sessions Judge Larry Ross.
Meanwhile, while waiting for his date before the grand jury, McKillip has been ordered to serve the time he owes for violation of probation, along with five more days for failure to appear in court.
His most recent case comes after the owners of Northside Car Wash discovered metal grates which covered their car wash floors were missing. City investigators were called to track the missing grates and investigator Barry Powers soon showed up at South Central Iron and Metal and found the identity of the culprit.
Powers told the court Tuesday the scrap business got McKillip’s license and vehicle description when he sold the grates for $43. The grates, which were returned to their owner by police, weighed over 300 pounds and were worth $600.
When first confronted, McKillip denied knowledge of the crime.
“He claimed he was in Paris, Tennessee all day,” Powers said, noting after he showed McKillip the evidence, his tune changed. “He admitted to it but said he needed money to buy first aid stuff for a child who had burned his foot.”
With the grate theft laid on McKillip, another investigator confronted the suspect about an earlier theft of grates from the same car wash. However, McKillip denied that theft despite a scrap ticket from South Central which showed he had sold $39 worth of metal weighing 290 pounds. The grates were no longer available to be recovered or used as evidence in the second case.
While the thefts sound the same, McKillip claims he had scrapped car parts he had left at a friend’s home in town. However, when detectives went to investigate his claim, the resident said no car parts had been stored there and she had not seen McKillip in a long time.
The evidence was enough to convince Judge Ross to bind McKillip on all counts.