Evicted tenant arrested for rental trailer destruction

December 30, 2011

Tommy Bailey

A problem tenant who had been evicted from a residence at Junction Trailer Park but allowed to return for a night has been charged with criminal mischief for destroying the kitchen, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office was alerted by someone calling on behalf of the owner that noises that “sounded like destruction” were coming from a trailer at the park on Friday. The caller said he looked through a window of the trailer and saw the damaged interior.

Deputy Gary McGee arrived to find the recently evicted tenant, Tommy Wayne Bailey, 56, of Kinard, at the trailer. When asked what was going on, Bailey replied that he was “trying to fix up the place.”

When the deputy went inside, he saw that most of the kitchen cabinets had been pulled down from the wall and the stove was completely dismantled, with pieces scattered around it on the floor. The kitchen table was broken into several pieces and the counter below the sink was demolished. Pieces from the table and kitchen cabinet were sticking out of the window.

The deputy made contact by phone with the owner, Katharine McDevitt, who had gone out of town for the holidays. She said Bailey had been evicted earlier in the month but she had agreed to let him stay that night so he wouldn’t have to sleep outside in the rain. She also said she had documented several previous incidents with the sheriff’s office over the past few days involving Bailey. She said nothing in the trailer was damaged when she agreed to let him stay.

Bailey was charged with criminal mischief over $1,000 and given a conditional release.

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