Theft investigation results in arrest

An investigation into the theft of items over a lengthy period of time resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly admitted taking the items because of a crack cocaine addiction.

Elvis Thompson, 43, allegedly worked for the victims for several years as a handyman, and police were contacted when the alleged victims noticed a large number of tools and other items missing, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Thompson on Wednesday.

Detective Sgt. Danny Belvedresi said in a probable-cause affidavit that the missing items included tools, an air compressor, and in-house items and ornaments. The value of the missing items was listed at more than $5,000.

Kizer said Thompson has an extensive misdemeanor criminal history from the state of Wisconsin and has had three separate charges of bail jumping filed against him.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Thompson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft of property.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Thompson and he was told to come back to court July 31.