Two men were charged with theft over $1,000 in connection with the theft Friday afternoon of metal and other items from Cansler & Associates Millwright at 1225 Pottertown Road, sheriff's Deputy Michael MacDonald said in a report.
Charged were Marcus L. Laws, 20, of 105 Chilhowie Drive, Mosheim; and Matthew S. Andrews, 46, of 338 Brown Ave.
Deputies responded to a call of a theft in progress.
Laws and Andrews allegedly loaded items from the business into the back of Laws' pickup truck, the report said.
"Various items of metal" were taken from outside the business, the report said.
Laws and Andrews told deputies "there had been a misunderstanding," the report said.
The business owner arrived and identified the items in the back of the truck "as property of the business" and told deputies that Laws and Andrews did not have permission to take the metal.
Items taken included a water tank, batteries and stainless steel, and are valued at between $1,300 and $1,500, the report said.
The business owner told deputies that he had noticed other items missing from the business in recent weeks.
"Receipts from West Main Recycling matching the description of the listed stolen items were found in the defendants' vehicle," the report said.
Laws and Andrews were scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court.