Theft leads to arrest at Viola

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A Viola man recently had his own grandson arrested.

Eric Z. Sherman, 19, of Elizabeth is facing a theft of property charge, a class C felony, after he stole two Charloais calves from his grandfather, Charles Sherman's, farm and took them to the Salem Sale Barn May 24, according to the official police report.

Salem Police Chief Albert Roork said, around 1 p.m on May 24 a Viola resident told authorities he saw an unidentified gray truck pulling a horse trailer he knew belonged to Charles Sherman of Viola.

An hour later that same man met the truck traveling west along Highway 62.

The man told Roork the second time he crossed paths with the truck, he recognized the individual driving and identified him as Eric Sherman, the report said.

Confused as to why Eric Sherman had his grandfather's trailer, the man then called the Salem Sale Barn and was told Eric Sherman had dropped off two calves to be sold in his name, Roork said.

He said the individual then contacted Charles Sherman and explained the situation. Charles Sherman went to the sale barn, identified the calves and reported the incident to authorities.

Roork said Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger accompanied Charles Sherman to his property and witnessed the calves go directly to their mothers.

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