Man Helps Himself to Someone Else's Boat, Now Charged with Theft and Vandalism

July 26, 2010
Dwayne Page
Zach Ross Hendrixson

A 24 year old man, who used somebody else's Mastercraft ski boat several times this summer without the owner's permission to entertain friends on the lake, has been charged with theft and vandalism.

Zach Ross Hendrixson of Lebanon was arrested on Monday, July 19th. The owner of the boat has taken a warrant against Hendrixson for theft of property over $1,000 and two warrants for vandalism over $10,000 for damage caused to the interior and exterior while Hendrixson was using the boat. The boat, valued at approximately $100,000, is docked at Hurricane Marina.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Hendrixson took the boat out on the lake several times since Memorial Day weekend. " He has been going down there since Memorial Day, taking people out on that boat, falsely claiming it belonged to his family. He even published pictures of the outings on his Face Book account."

When the owner discovered that Hendrixson had been using the boat, he had him charged in the case.

Sheriff Ray says Hendrixson was spotted by a deputy on Highway 70 west last Monday. Knowing there were warrants against Hendrixson in the case, the officer stopped him and also discovered that his license was suspended.

After a further investigation, Sheriff Ray says Hendrixson was also charged with theft of property over $1,000 for allegedly taking items off another boat."We started an investigation and found that he had stolen a surf board, a wake board, and life jackets from a boat at Cove Hollow Marina, valued at $1,180."

Hendrixson is also accused of committing a theft at a residence on Mullican Drive, where tools and a battery charger were taken, valued at $250. Sheriff Ray says those items have been recovered in Mount Juliet.

According to Sheriff Ray, more charges are pending against Hendrixson. "We have more cases of wake boards which have been stolen and recovered, and more charges are pending against him."

Hendrixson is currently charged with one count of theft under $500; two counts of theft over $1,000; vandalism over $10,000; and driving on a suspended license. His bond totals $76,000 and he will be in General Sessions Court on July 29th

Meanwhile, in another case 28 year old Ricardo Rodriguez of Cecil Hale Road was issued citations on Saturday, July 24th for no drivers license, for no insurance, and for crossing the center divider line of the roadway. Sheriff Ray says a deputy, while on patrol on Highway 70 east, spotted a vehicle driving erratically, crossing the center dividing line of the roadway. The officer stopped the vehicle and found Rodriguez to be the driver. He asked for his drivers license but Rodriguez couldn't produce it. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on August 25th.

58 year old Cynthia Kaye Brooks of Genesa Shockley Road, Sparta was arrested on Sunday, July 25th for a first offense of driving under the influence. Sheriff Ray says a deputy spotted a vehicle on Highway 70 east weaving in the roadway. He pulled over the vehicle and found Brooks to be the driver. She had an odor of alcohol on her person, slurred speech, and she was unsteady on her feet. She submitted to field sobriety tasks which she failed. Her bond is $1500 and she will be in court on August 5th.

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