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Mother, sons face theft charges in case of missing scrap metal in MW

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By Alex Wimsatt

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - A mother and her two sons face charges following a scrap metal theft in Mount Washington.

    Tina Shumate, Christopher Head, 19, and Mark Head, 21, were recently taken into custody by the Mount Washington Police Department on felony charges of theft by unlawful taking after allegedly stealing over  $10,000 worth of scrap metal from Allen Stout of 138 Stout Lane.

    A witness said she saw the three on Stout’s property loading scrap metal onto a pickup truck, according to Stump.

    Stump said the woman who witnessed the theft went to the scene, spoke with Shumate and her sons, then took down a license plate number and photographed the truck loaded with scrap metal using a camera phone.

    The witness contacted Stout who then called the police.

    Stump informed local scrap yards of the theft and provided them with descriptions of the alleged perpetrators and the pickup truck they were traveling in, along with the vehicle’s tag number.

    Within days Stump was contacted by Grade A Allstate scrap yard in Louisville.

    The accused were caught at Grade A after selling thousands of pounds of scrap metal, according to Stump.

    Much of Stout’s scrap was recovered from the suspects’ truck and residence, as well as the scrap yard. However, several items have not been located. Police are still trying to determine the amount stolen from Stout.

    “We do know it was over $10,000,” Stump said. He acknowledged the scrap yard’s cooperation as invaluable to MWPD’s investigation and  recovery of Stout’s property.

    “If it weren’t for those guys we wouldn’t be solving these cases the way we have,” Stump said.

    The incident was at least the second occasion this year that Grade A Allstate assisted MWPD with scrap thefts.

    “They are the best we’ve ever dealt with,” Stump said. He also praise the witness for reporting the crime.

    “A lot of the times it makes the difference between solving a case and not solving a case,” Stump said. “It’s very important that people report what they see. Thanks to her we were able to apprehend three people and recover thousands of dollars worth of stolen property.”

    Stump added, however, that he did not recommend witnesses confronting those committing crimes as the witness did in this case.

    Mark and Christopher Head are being held at the Bullitt County Detention Center on $25,000 cash bonds. Shumate was released on a $25,000 property bond.

    If convicted of the class D felony charges they could face penalties of one to five years.