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Police say Jerry Ford was hired to clean up storm damage and took hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise.

Posted: Dec 15, 2017 8:54 AM

Florence police say a man who was hired to clean up storm damage at an auto parts store ended up stealing almost $900,000 in merchandise from the store.

Jerry Ford, 49, of Killen, was arrested Thursday after a search of his home and a storage unit Florence police said he had rented in Center Star. 

Ford was hired as a subcontractor for cleanup and demolition at the Advance Auto Parts on Cloverdale Road. The store was destroyed by a storm Nov. 18.

Police said they received tips that Ford was trying to sell items from the store and started investigating. They said Ford took about $890,000 in parts while he was working at the site.

Ford was charged with first-degree receiving stolen property. He was released from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

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