County commissioner indicted for theft

Scott Stevens.
Scott Stevens.

COOKEVILLE – A Putnam County commissioner has been indicted on multiple charges of felony theft following a recent investigation by the Cookeville Police Department.

Scott Stevens, a commissioner representing District 2, was indicted by a Putnam County grand jury on Monday. Stevens was indicted on multiple counts of theft and one count relating to an illegal weapon. The theft charges include one class “C” felony for theft over $10,000; 10 class “D” felonies for theft over $1,000; one class “E” felony for theft over $500; and three class “A” misdemeanors for theft under $500. The possession of a prohibited weapon is a class “E” felony. Stevens’ bond was set at $20,000

Stevens, a Republican, was sworn into office in 2014; he got the second most votes for one of two commission seats in District 2. According to his campaign website, he owns and operates SRS Recovery and holds a management position for Truck Pro, a distributor of name brand heavy duty truck and trailer parts.

The investigation began earlier this year after members of the Cookeville Police Department, assisted by the criminal investigation team of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, investigated a series of utility trailer thefts. None of these charges appear to involve property owned by Putnam County or any other government entity. Additional arrests are expected in this case, according to the CPD.

The department is asking anyone with information to call (931) 526-2125. You may also report any crime or information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (931) 520-7867.

The UCBJ will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

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