Lebanon driver steals Vulcan water truck, claims employee gave him permission

39-year-old Jonathan Byrd was charged with the theft of a Vulcan Materials water truck after claiming that a man named David gave him permission to drive it. After speaking with a Vulcan supervisor, police discovered there is no employee by that name at the company.

On June 20th, Deputy Hite received a call regarding a reported stolen vehicle at 192 Atkinson Rd. Upon arrival, Hite made contact with Betty Graves, who informed law enforcement that her roommate, Jonathan Byrd, arrived at their residence inebriated and was driving a Vulcan Materials water truck. Graves stated to have demanded Byrd return the vehicle, but was unable to do so due to losing consciousness, per report. Hite proceeded to question Byrd, who claimed that a man named David consented to him driving the vehicle home.

Jonathan Byrd (WCSO)
Jonathan Byrd (WCSO)

According to the affidavit, Hite then contacted Brandon Clemmons, a supervisor at Vulcan. Clemmons arrived at the scene shortly thereafter, identifying the vehicle as Vulcan’s property and advised that there was no employee with the name of David that would give Byrd permission to drive the truck. Clemmons opted to press charges for Byrd’s theft. The vehicle’s estimated value is approximately $50,000.

Jonathan Byrd was arrested and charged with theft of property. His bond was set at $1,000.

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