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July 1, 2011

Man arrested for theft of refrigerator now faces burglary charges

A Dalton man charged with stealing a refrigerator from a Cleveland, Tenn., storm victim last month was arrested Tuesday for burglary and theft of another residence later in June, authorities said.

Cameron Mayo, 25, of a Michigan Avenue Road address in Cleveland, was charged on Tuesday with aggravated burglary and theft over $500, according to Bob Gault of the Bradley County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office.

A homeowner in the east Cleveland neighborhood of Mill Creek Trail reported jewelry, approximately $200 in change and two prescription medication bottles were taken after entry was made through a window on June 21, according to a news release.

“The following day property crimes detectives discovered two of the missing pieces of jewelry had been sold to a scrap metals dealer,” Gault said in the release. “Further investigation revealed Mayo had assisted the homeowner with making some minor repairs and had been to the residence during the previous month.”

In early June Mayo was arrested for stealing a refrigerator from a Willbrook Circle residence, also in east Cleveland, that had been hard-hit by a tornado in late April. Authorities recovered the refrigerator after they located it at a scrap metal yard, and Mayo was booked into the Bradley County jail and then released on bond.

A standout football player at Dalton High School who played center for the University of Tennessee Volunteers, Mayo was charged in April of 2009 with sexual assault while substitute teaching at Dalton High. An employee at the school reported “inappropriate conduct” by Mayo with a student, and school administrators contacted police about the “potential sexual offense.”

Mayo’s employment as a substitute teacher was terminated. He pleaded guilty to two lesser misdemeanor counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer and was sentenced in Whitfield County Superior Court by Judge Jack Partain to 12 months of probation on each count.

Mayo remained in the Bradley County jail Thursday afternoon under a $25,000 bond and is due back in General Sessions Court on Tuesday.  


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