John Floyd Denson, 52, of East Smithville Road, was arrested on Tuesday after an internal investigation revealed that he stole more than $6,000 worth of merchandise from his employer. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree theft of property and is currently being held on a $30,000 bond.
The investigation was conducted by the company’s security division after they received evidence showing that Denson was potentially stealing from the plant. It was discovered that Denson stole over $3,500 worth of tools and equipment during his employment at Waynes Farms in Dothan. The investigation also determined that Denson ordered nearly $3,000 worth of chain link fencing for a family member, which he used the company’s account to purchase.
Police are asking for anyone that has purchased tools from Denson within the last year to contact authorities at 334-615-3000.
In the state of Alabama, theft of property in the first degree is a Class B felony that is punishable by no less than two years in prison, and no more than 20 years.
The following constitutes first-degree theft of property in Alabama:
(a) The theft of property which exceeds two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) in value, or property of any value taken from the person of another, constitutes theft of property in the first degree.
(b) The theft of a motor vehicle, regardless of its value, constitutes theft of property in the first degree.
(c) The theft of property which involves all of the following constitutes theft of property in the first degree:
- The theft is a common plan or scheme by one or more persons; and
- The object of the common plan or scheme is to sell or transfer the property to another person or business that buys the property with knowledge or reasonable belief that the property is stolen; and
- The aggregate value of the property stolen is at least one thousand dollars ($1,000) within a 180-day period.
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