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Pair arrested in theft from local restaurant

After receiving a tip from Russellville Mayor David Grissom, Russellville Police Department sergeant investigator Jake Tompkins arrested two people and charged them with stealing items from a downtown business.

Grissom said he was called to his building in downtown Russellville early Tuesday morning because of a water issue. Grissom heard sounds coming from the alley behind his building and he witnessed a suspicious vehicle parked behind the Bricks Restaurant.

A Russellville patrol unit made a traffic stop on the vehicle and two suspects were taken into custody.

Randy Charles Hill, 50, and Virginia Wilson, 35, both of Russellville, were charged with felony theft of property in the second degree. The pair remained in jail as of Thursday evening after bond was set earlier in the day.

Among the items taken from the Bricks Inn and Restaurant, owned by Trent and Michele Stephenson, were a compressor for a walk-in freezer, tools, deep frying baskets and copper fittings, according to RPD Chief Chris Hargett.

The suspects reportedly took the items to Tennessee Valley Recycling Tuesday to sell them for scrap, police said.

When questioned by Tompkins, Hill and Wilson admitted their involvement in the theft.

The Bricks Inn and Restaurant, located at 114 N. Jackson Ave., is scheduled to open next month.

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