The attempted theft of scrap metal from Highland Window and Door landed four area residents in jail Aug. 1, as the result of the keen eye of a Highland police officer.
In an incident report obtained from Highland Police officer Jeremy Stevens, he said that Aug. 1, while on patrol, he noticed two vehicles behind Mr. Oily in Highland.
After driving behind the building, Stevens noticed a woman walking from one vehicle to another. Upon questioning the woman, later identified as Erin Killpatrick, 26, of Cherokee Village, the officer said he noticed three males in a separate vehicle moving about nervously.
Stevens approached the truck and the three young men in the vehicle advised him that Killpatrick had asked them to pick up some scrap metal for her from B& B Plumbing and Mr. Oily. Stevens noticed the back of the vehicle was loaded with miscellaneous aluminum. The men told Stevens they were also asked by Killpatrick to load some mufflers from Mr. Oily, but told him that they weren't going to get the mufflers until they had the owner's permission.
Stevens contacted the owners of both businesses, Highland Window and Door and Mr. Oily and both said that no one had permission to take any property.
The men told Stevens they would return the property in the back of the truck, which belonged to Highland Window and Door, not B& B Plumbing. The property was returned to the business and all four were arrested and transported to the Sharp County Jail.
Killpatrick was charged with criminal mischief and theft of property. Christopher G. Williams, 19, of Cherokee Village, Samuel West, 20, of Ash Flat and Vincent Prokop of Cherokee Village were all charged with criminal mischief in the incident.