Moultrie Observer

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December 27, 2012

Suspect arrested in theft of cotton truck

MOULTRIE — A man arrested Thursday in connection with the theft of a truck used to haul loads of cotton bales is a former employee of the company that owns the vehicle.

Robert Henry Hill, 38, was charged Thursday with felony theft by taking in the theft of the truck that was reported stolen from Berlin on Dec. 10 by BCT Gin Co.

Law enforcement located the truck in Echols County the same day after an informant notified the sheriff’s office there where to search for it, Colquitt County Sheriff’s Inv. Mike Murfin said. Hill also is known to have a connection to that area.

“Echols County law enforcement was contacted by an informant who said Robert Hill stole a module truck,” he said. “They found it. Robert Hill’s name also popped up here as a suspect the same day his name popped up there.”

Murfin said that he thinks Hill last worked for BCT Gin about a year ago.

The truck’s batteries had been removed and it had been drained of fuel, but the company was able to get it running and brought it back to Berlin, he said.

Hill had previous theft convictions in Clinch County in 1995, 1998 and 1999, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections offender database. He also was convicted there on one count of entering vehicle in 1998, the same year he was convicted in Echols County on an arson charge.

Hill was released from prison in May 2011 on the arson conviction.

 

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