Anniston police make arrest in theft of construction equipment
by Madasyn Czebiniak
mczebiniak@annistonstar.com
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William Allen Keel
William Allen Keel
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Anniston police arrested a man Thursday on a warrant charging him with the theft of construction equipment from a field on the 1000 block of Golden Springs Road and its sale as scrap earlier this month.

William Allen Keel, 50, of Anniston, was in the Anniston City Jail Thursday on a first-degree theft charge, a felony, according to a police report.

According to Anniston police Capt. Allen George, the equipment, including a forklift frame, an electric pallet jack and charger, and other items, went missing between Aug. 17 and Sept. 8. The victim told police that when he discovered his equipment was missing, he saw markings indicating that it had all been dragged through nearby woods, George said.

The missing equipment is valued at $3,500, the captain said.

After further investigation police discovered the equipment had been sold to Oxford Scrap Metals Inc. on U.S. 78. An investigator was able to identify Keel through a copy of his license and paperwork, which the scrap yard had on file.

A magistrate signed a warrant for Keel’s arrest on Tuesday. According to George, Keel was contacted by the investigator and turned himself into the Anniston City Jail on Thursday.

Keel paid his $7,500 bond and was released Thursday, according to a police report. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 5.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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