Burglary in progress call ends in arrest Friday

A $25,000 cash only bond has been set for a Jefferson County man who was arrested Friday morning loading items on a trailer on Princeton Pike.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Dalton Ross, 20, with residential burglary and theft of property.

Ross and another person were arrested after sheriff’s deputies were sent to 10039 Princeton Pike at 10:49 a.m. in response to a reported burglary in progress.

Sheriff’s Investigator Randy Jackson reported that Capt. Larry Gragg found two white males, one later identified as Ross, loading metal items on a trailer.

Jackson reported that Ross claimed that his grandfather owned the property and had given him permission to take the items, but when the grandfather was contacted, he reportedly told investigators he did not own the property and told Ross not to go on the property.

The property owner was also contacted and told investigators he did not know Ross or the other person, and they did not have permission to take items from his property.

Jackson reported that Ross waived his right to an attorney and told investigators he had gone to property next to his grandfather’s property and loaded scrap metal items on a trailer. Ross also reportedly said he did not know who owned the property and thought it was abandoned.

The other person was released after being issued a citation for misdemeanor criminal trespass.

In addition to the latest allegation, Ross has six counts of theft of property and one count of engaging in a continuing organized criminal enterprise stemming from an investigation earlier this year.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Ross.