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Employees chase alleged thief

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Employees at a local auto parts store went the extra mile, literally, to make sure an alleged thief didn’t get away.

When Cody Evans, 32, of 904 Pleasant Ridge, allegedly attempted to make off with merchandise from Auto Zone, employees along with LaFollette Police Det. Lt. Monty Miller were able to chase him down near Mac Daddy’s Barbeque last Tuesday.

When Officer Stephen Wallen arrived at Auto Zone it was determined that Evans had a approximately $89 in stolen items belonging to the store in his possession, Wallen’s report said.

In addition, Evans was found to have three hand rolled joints believed to be marijuana inside a metal container.

Evans was arrested and charged with theft under $500 and possession of a schedule VI substance. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 20.