WILLIAMSON – Matthew Dotson, 38 from Stopover Ky. was arrested Thursday, Oct. 15 by Special Agent M.E. McCloud of the Norfolk Southern Police Department on felony charges related to grand larceny.
According to a criminal complaint, the charges stem from an incident that occurred in April, 2015.
On April 22, McCloud was contacted by a Norfolk Southern maintainer and was told that he had discovered the steps and enclosure had been unbolted and missing from a signal mast at Ought One.
During the investigation, McCloud discovered the missing steps and enclosure at Matt Norman’s Recycling in Freeburn, Ky.
The metal had been cut up and was processed for recycling.
McCloud was told that Dotson had transported the metal on top of his Suzuki SUV to Norman’s Recycling on two separate occasions during the month of April.
Dotson received $55 for the metal.
The value of the steps and enclosure is valued at over $3,000.
A person commits larceny by taking goods valued at over $1,000 and faces felony charges.
If convicted, the accused may be imprisoned for no less than a year and could possibly face ten years in prison.
The fines for grand larceny can be up to $2,500.
All information in this article was obtained by a criminal complaint. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)