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Two Liberty Co. men charged with stealing boat, stove & copper wiring

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

BRISTOL — Two 19-year-old Liberty County residents were arrested Dec. 29 for the theft of an aluminum boat, a four-burner wood stove and an estimated $3,000 worth of copper wiring.

James Tipton and Jessie William Hobby were charged with grand theft, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, felony criminal mischief, burglary of an unoccupied structure and dealing in stolen property.

The items were taken on Dec. 4 from two structures on NW Buck Larkins Road in Bristol owned by a South Florida man. The caretaker of the property verified that the items were missing.

According to records from Kyle Recycling in Hosford, Tipton and Hobby brought in the boat and the stove sometime around Thanksgiving. The boat was identified by the hull registration number.

The owner, Patrick Callaghan, 81, valued the boat at $100 and the stove at $500.

Tipton later admitted that he and Hobby not only took the boat and the stove but returned within a day or two with bolt cutters and removed copper wiring from the attic.

They are being held on $40,000 bond.

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