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Man indicted in Clayton County police theft

By Kathy Jefcoats

A Henry grand jury indicted a McDonough man on a theft charge in connection with the burglary of a Clayton County Police Department storage locker in April.

David Lee Bell, 31, of Ga. Highway 81 West, was arrested April 7 after Clayton County police detectives got an anonymous call leading them to his home. The locked ammunition storage trailer at the firing range was reported broken into April 5.

Police said training items and ammunition were taken.

The complainant, Mark T. Miller, and a juvenile reportedly told detectives that Bell said he and another person took items from a trailer on a police impound lot, said Henry police spokeswoman Officer Christy Nebel. Miller reportedly told Bell to remove the items from his property.

Miller told police that Bell burned some items including ammunition boxes and miscellaneous paperwork belonging to the Clayton County police firing range master. During the interview with Bell, officers realized he was wearing boots belonging to the range master, said Nebel.

A search of Miller's storage shed turned up a large black nylon duffel bag with pieces of police training equipment marked "CCPD" and a briefcase belonging to the range master. Bell told police that someone gave him the bag at a gas station and he took it without examining its contents.

At the time of his arrest, Bell was in possession of seven red training guns, six red training knives and nine padded ASP training batons belonging to the Clayton County Police Department, states the grand jury indictment.

Henry jail records show he bonded out on $2,200 and was taken to Spalding County where he was held on a fugitive warrant. Nebel said Clayton County police told her they could not connect Bell to the burglary so he is charged only with theft by receiving stolen property in Henry County.