Raymond Davy Jr. (left) and Steven Ballard pleaded guilty Jan. 22, 2013, to theft in Rutherford County General Sessions Court for reportedly stealing tools from Gil's Ace Hardware in Smyrna, Tenn. (Photos submitted)
Two Murfreesboro residents recently pled guilty to stealing tools from Gil’s Ace Hardware in Smyrna.
Raymond E. Davy Jr., 32, and 29-year-old Steven J. Ballard were arrested and charged in connection with theft in early January after the public stepped forward to help detectives solve the case.
The pair admitted to stealing the items during an Oct. 10, 2012, trip to Gil’s Ace Hardware, located at 415 Nissan Drive.
The men reportedly removed the packaging from the power tools, concealed the items in their clothing, and walked out of the store without paying for the products.
At the time of the incident, witnesses told police the men were last seen fleeing the area in a silver, four-door vehicle that appeared to have black rims on the wheels.
A few weeks after the theft, officials released still images from video surveillance footage in an effort to identify the suspects.
“On Nov. 28, 2012, the Smyrna Police Department asked for the public’s assistance in locating two suspects that went into Gil’s Ace Hardware in Smyrna and stole some power tools,” Chief Kevin Arnold said.
Within a short period of time, detectives received tips from the general public as to the identity of both men, he said.
After verifying their information, police obtained warrants Jan. 4 and arrested Davy and Ballard at their homes in Murfreesboro.
Subsequently, both men were charged with theft of property valued at more than $500.
“Both individuals pled guilty on Jan. 22 in Rutherford County General Sessions Court and were placed on 11 months and 29 days probation,” Arnold said.
In addition, Davy and Ballard have agreed to pay restitution to Gil’s Ace Hardware, which is a locally owned store in Rutherford County.
“The Smyrna Police Department,” he said, “would like to thank the public for providing us with the information that led to these arrests and convictions.”