GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man was recently jailed and charged with theft after he was caught stealing gravel from the construction site of the new Gallipolis City Justice Center.
Mark T. Halley, 55, Gallipolis, was arrested late on Monday evening by an officer with the Gallipolis Police Department after he was found by a deputy with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office loading limestone into a pickup truck near the site of the new city building in the 500 block of Second Avenue.
Reportedly, the deputy had exited the back of the courthouse at approximately 9 p.m. on Monday and heard noise coming from the construction site.
After approaching the site, the deputy observed a male suspect, later identified as Halley, loading a shovel into his truck that was parked near a large pile of limestone — gravel that is the reported property of the Kinsale Corporation, the contractor for the justice center.
After initiating contact with the suspect, the deputy inquired whether Halley had permission to be taking the gravel, and the suspect reportedly stated he did not.
An officer with the police department was later called to the scene, and, after speaking with the officer, Halley reportedly stated that he had observed the gravel earlier on Monday as he was traveling through Gallipolis and had planned on using it on his driveway.
After being instructed to do so, Halley unloaded the gravel from his truck and was escorted to the Gallia County Jail where he was incarcerated.
Halley was present in the Gallipolis Municipal Court on Tuesday and charged with one count of theft, a first degree misdemeanor. The defendant later posted a $250 bond for his release.
As a condition of his bond, according to a court official, Halley was ordered to be evaluated by Woodland Centers and was ordered not to be on any Kinsale Corporation property or at 518 Second Avenue.
According to the municipal court’s online docket, Halley was previously charged with a first degree misdemeanor theft charge in early 2011.
He pleaded no contest in this case in March 2011 and was sentenced to three days in jail and was placed on six months of non-reporting probation. He was further ordered to pay $36 in restitution to Walmart, was fined $25, ordered to pay court costs and supervisory fees and was ordered to have no contact with any Walmart stores.
According to the online docket, Halley’s probation was later terminated successfully.