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Police say man admits to stealing pipes

Staff Reports • Aug 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

A Johnson City man was arrested Sunday following a report of a burglary at a Johnson City address, according to a police report.

According to the report, a call came in about a burglary in progress and the caller told 911 that he could see a white male taking property and throwing it over a fence.

When officers arrived, 911 said the suspect fled on foot, wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black hat.

The officer reportedly headed to Memorial Park via Legion Street and saw the suspect, James Wayne Fair, 56, run out of a wooded area near the railroad. When the officer tried to stop Fair, he ran back into the woods.

According to the report, officers set up a perimeter around the wooded area and shouted commands to come out, but Fair refused and was arrested by officers in the woods.

Fair reportedly didn’t have identification on his person and he admitted to taking the two stolen pieces of scrap pipe he took from the residence to a business. He told police he had placed the piping outside the fence of the business and invoked his right to an attorney, according to the report.

The stolen property was located by officers and was returned.

Fair was charged for theft under $500 and evading arrest.

He was taken to Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held on $3,000 bond pending an appearance in Sessions Court today at 1:30 p.m.

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