Agents developed information that on three separate occasions, the couple bought items.
Smokey Barn News
Monday June 2, 2014
Springfield Couple Indicted For Allegedly Buying Stolen Goods
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a Springfield couple accused of knowingly buying stolen goods.
At the request of 19th District Attorney General John Carney, TBI Special Agents began investigating Kevin and Avonda Dickerson on April 9, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that on three separate occasions, the couple allegedly bought items they knew to be stolen for discounted amounts. The items ranged from clothing to various food items and totaled nearly $1,000, but the Dickersons bought them for a total of $80.
Kevin Dickerson, a Springfield firefighter, also owns a business called Kevin’s Home Cooking. On separate occasions, individuals caught shoplifting in the Springfield area told investigators they sold the items to Dickerson for his business or for the couple’s personal use.
On May 22nd, the Robertson County Grand Jury returned indictments for the couple, charging each of the 34-year-olds with one count of Theft Over $500. The Dickersons turned themselves into the Robertson County Jail this afternoon, where they each posted $1,000 bond and were released.
Remember that the indictments against the Dickerson’s are alleged and must be proven in a court of law. People can be charged and cleared, sometimes without trial. Just a few months ago three East Robertson Elementary School faculty members were indicted by a the Robertson County Grand Jury for failure to report alleged child sex abuse after an investigation by the Robertson County Sheriff’s office. The charges against all three were dropped with prejudice. “With prejudice” means the case is over and can’t be filed against them again. Being accused of a crime is not the same thing as being convicted.
According to Springfield City Manager Paul Nutting, some kind of action will likely take place on Tuesday as it relates to Kevin Dickerson’s position as a Springfield firefighter. The city attorney, Jim Balthrop, the Springfield Fire Chief, Jimmy Hamill and Nutting will be reviewing the matter and a decision will be made. “He will likely be put on an indefinite un-paid suspension until the matter is cleared up,” Nutting said. Nutting also said that if that process takes too long they may be forced to fill his position.
Kevin Dickerson’s boss, Springfield Fire Chief Jimmy Hamill said, “He’s an excellent Firefighter with an excellent work record.” but declined further comment pending an investigation into the matter.
Smokey has reached out to the Dickerson’s but they have not yet responded with a comment regarding the allegations. It is likely that their Attorney will ask them not to talk to the press.
Smokey will follow the case and bring you any developments as they are made available.