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January 29, 2014

Animal shelter employee suspended

Jimmie Jones charged with stealing director’s recorder

Somerset —

An animal shelter employee was suspended by Pulaski Fiscal Court yesterday after he was charged with stealing a recording device from the acting shelter director last spring.
At least one former animal shelter employee was also charged in connection with the incident.
“I’ve been informed his morning that there were criminal charges filed against two former employees at the animal shelter and one current employee as a result of their employment — during their employment at the shelter,” said Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield on Tuesday. 
Hatfield’s comments came after fiscal court returned from an approximate one-hour executive session to discuss disciplinary actions. 
Pulaski County Animal Shelter employee Jimmie Jones, 54, of Science Hill, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500 and falsely reporting an incident, both misdemeanors. 
According to an arrest warrant filed Tuesday afternoon by Detective Chris Gates, with the Somerset Police Department, Jones on May 30, 2013 allegedly “ ... assisted in taking control over property belonging to Charlotte Bray with the intent to deprive her of her digital recorder.
“(Jones) is seen on surveillance video standing as look-out while another employee took the digital recorder out of the victim’s purse,” the warrant continues. 
Jones also allegedly bought batteries “ ... so that all the co-defendants could listen to it once the recorder was taken,” according to the warrant. 
Former animal shelter employee Nathan Epperson, 19, was also arrested Tuesday in connection with the alleged incident. Epperson was also charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500 and falsely reporting an incident. 
According to Epperson’s arrest warrant, also filed by Gates, he can be seen on surveillance video “ ... reaching into the victim’s purse and removing the digital recorder. 
But Epperson then allegedly placed the recorder back in Bray’s purse and “obtained the assistance of a work release inmate to actually take the digital recorder,” according to the warrant. 

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