Two arrested for construction site theft

Published 9:41 am Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Two are under arrest after an alleged theft at a local construction site.

Ironton Police Capt. Joe Ross said William Eastham, 38, of 717 Buckhorn St., Ironton, and Kenneth J. Bentley, 22, of 832 Turvey St., Flatwoods, Ky., were each charged with two counts of theft and one count of criminal trespass.

Ross said someone called the police department Monday evening and said they thought they witnessed two subjects in a white pickup truck stealing lumber for a house being built on Scott Avenue.

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The first time officers arrived at the site of the suspected theft, the white pickup truck was nowhere to be found. But shortly thereafter the caller called again, advising the pickup truck and two men were back loading up lumber a second time. Officers located the truck a short distance from the site of the theft.

The investigation led to a home in Flatwoods, Ky. where other pickup trucks were loaded with allegedly stolen construction material. Ross estimated 150 2X6 pieces of lumber and 30 sheets of OSB board were recovered. The vehicles containing lumber were impounded. Both men are due in Ironton Municipal Court this morning.

Eastham was arrested January 2010 and charged with theft in connection with break-ins at the Ironton City Garage and the Lawrence County Garage.

He pleaded guilty on a bill of information and was sentenced to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and ordered to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at a community based correctional facility.

He was also ordered to pay back what he stole from the city and the county, more than $8,000.