Two Jefferson County men were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly damaged an electrical meter loop and cut copper wires at a house in Redfield belonging to a police officer.
Jeffrey Nelson, 34, and Shane Lampkins, 35, were taken into custody after sheriff’s deputies were sent to a house in Redfield at 8:30 a.m. in response to a reported theft in progress.
Investigator Randy Jackson reported that when deputies arrived, they found two men, later identified as Nelson and Lampkins, loading items into the trunk of an automobile.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said they claimed the property belonged to an uncle, but a neighbor told deputies the house belonged to a White Hall Police Officer, Tommy Kelly.
When Kelly arrived at the house, he reportedly told deputies he didn’t know either Nelson or Lampkins and they did not have permission to take the items.
Damage to the electrical meter loop was estimated at $3,500.
Kizer said Nelson and Lampkins “don’t like to come to court much,” with Lampkins having more than 20 failures to appear and Nelson “more than that.”
At Kizer’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Nelson and Lampkins after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with criminal mischief.
Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Nelson and Lampkins and told them to come back to court April 19.