School thief nabbed when selling stolen goods

By DeeAnna Haney | Feb 27, 2014

A Canton man was recently arrested on felony charges after allegedly breaking into buildings and a bus at two local schools.

The cases began Jan. 23, when officials at Meadowbrook Elementary School found a storage building had been broken into and a chain saw and two five-gallon gas cans stolen.

Detectives at the Canton Police Department were unable to identify a suspect until a similar report came from Tuscola High School officials, who said a school bus and a storage building had been broken into on Feb. 17.

"The battery had been taken out of the bus and batteries were taken out of some equipment in the building," said Det. Tony Cope with the Haywood County Sheriff's Office.

After executing a search warrant, detectives also found one of the stolen fuel cans in his home, Cope said.

Later that day, Bobby Lee Fletcher, 51, attempted to sell two bus batteries and three equipment batteries at a local store, all of the items matching the description of the stolen items.

Through interviews and investigation, he was also tied to the incidents at Meadowbrook and was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.

He is scheduled to appear in court March 5.