Local Businessman Injured While Trying to Catch Two Men Stealing from Him

January 15, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

A local businessman was injured Monday morning as he tried to catch two men who were stealing from him.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 52 year old Thomas Anthony Pavone of Eagle Creek Road and 40 year old William "Tojo" Cantrell of Redman Road are each charged with theft of property over $500, criminal trespassing, and attempted second degree murder.

According to Sheriff Ray, the businessman spotted the two men putting of couple his truck tires and a radiator into their white Toyota four door car. He called out to the two men, ordering them to stay put while he called the Sheriff's Department. But they got in the car and fled, hitting the victim with the vehicle as they sped away. The victim was thrown onto the hood of the car and then landed on the gravel.

Though injured, the victim got in his automobile and chased the car on Old Sparta Highway to Old West Point Road, where he was able to get the driver to stop. The victim detained Pavone, who was the driver of the car, but Cantrell got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department was contacted and officers came to the scene and placed Pavone under arrest. Sheriff Ray says Cantrell turned himself in at the jail later in the day Monday.

The stolen semi-truck tires and the radiator, valued at $800, were recovered from the Toyota that Pavone was driving.

Bond for Pavone is $70,000 and $45,000 for Cantrell.

They will appear in General Sessions Court on the charges January 17th.

Sheriff Ray would not disclose the name of the victim or the name of his business, but said an ambulance was called to the scene and that the man was given medical treatment for his injuries.

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