Man arrested and charged with receiving stolen property

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A Forestdale man was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property after authorities found ladders and tools stolen from an AT&T property.

Matthew Scott Hall, 29, was arrested and charged with first-degree receiving stolen property. He was placed in the Jefferson County Jail on $15,000 bond.

According to a release by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from the department were called to an AT&T location on July 27, 2013, after a report of a theft.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that 34 ladders, which were valued at $11,300, were stolen from the property.

After an investigation, detectives discovered several ladders had been pawned at Birmingham area pawn shops by 29-year-old Matthew Scott Hall.

That discovery led detectives to his residence where they later discovered a ladder in the back of a truck in the driveway and seven more against the back corner of his house.

When prodded by detectives as to where the ladders came from, Hall denied stealing them and reportedly told detectives that a co-worker gave them to him and asked him to pawn them.

Authorities received permission to conduct a search of his truck and discovered shovels stolen from AT&T as well as the chain used to secure the gate to the property. Hall had cut the chain to gain access to the area.

Hall still claims a co-worker gave him the items.

Detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office have information that Hall has pawned more than 100 ladders in the past six months.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.

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