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Alleged Metal Theft Operation Busted by Pursuit -- Sky Arnold

If there's one thing Carl Boner's rural northeast Sumner County neighborhood has it's trees.

"We have an abundance of it," said Boner.

 Boner uses those trees for heating but recently they may have hid an illegal operation across the street in an abandoned home.

Boner first became suspicious when the driver of a van she's seen at the home on Shell Road approached her about scrap metal.

"He just didn't wanna give up.  Yeah I've gotta pay my rent on my trailer and I'm like I'm sorry I don't have any," said Boner.

Sumner County Sheriff Sonny Weatherford says the van belongs to a man named David Campbell who moved in two weeks ago fleeing metal theft charges in Florida.   
   
"He knew he had warrants there and he moved up here to get away from police in the area," said Weatherford.

A woman who lives near the abandoned home noticed Campbell's van on the abandoned property and called authorities.

Deputies found the van and chased it from Millersville to Briley and I-65 in Nashville before Campbell pulled over.

Weatherford believes the stolen metal found on the abandoned property is a sign Campbell was trying to set up another metal theft operation.

"I think down the road if he'd stayed in the area he would have eventually picked up enough he would've broke into houses, stealing scrap metal or any type of metal he could sell," said Weatherford.

Campbell faces misdemeanor theft charges and a charge of fleeing law enforcement.