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Couple Accused Of Stealing Car Wash Drain Grates

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By Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Sumner County couple has been arrested and charged with stealing drain grates from a Hendersonville car wash.

The theft occurred Tuesday at the Rain Forrest Car Wash located at 307 New Shackle Road in Hendersonville.

Mark Swanner had only owned the car wash for a few months, and he said he never would have imagined have his drains stolen.

"That was completely off the radar for me," said Swanner. "I never would have dreamed anybody could have lifted it, but evidently they can."

Swanner's security cameras caught a white pick-up truck pull up around 9:30 a.m. Despite other customers washing their cars, the video showed the truck park just outside the bay and two people get out.

The truck was captured shaking on surveillance video. Police said it was from a man and woman throwing a heavy stainless steel grate into the back before driving off.

"I don't know how they did it because I can only lift up one end of it at best," Swanner said.

According to investigators, it has apparently happened to at least four other car washes in Hendersonville and Goodlettsville.

Detective David Harrell, of the Hendersonville Police Department, said they were able to track the pick-up truck selling storm grates at a Robertson County scrap yard. He said the investigation was a coordinated effort with the Goodlettsville and Ridgetop Police Departments.

Police said 33-year-old Charles Todd of Madison and 39-year-old Stephanie Broome of Hendersonville have been charged with theft.

"Anything that has value can be stolen and literally these people will take anything that's not nailed down," Harrell said. "All they care about is the value of the property, what they're going to get out of it for whatever they want to do. It's completely selfish."

The stolen grates have been returned to each of the carwashes. Now Swanner doesn't have to replace what was almost sold for a fraction of what it's worth.

"We do a lot of things at times when we're not thinking like we should be," he said. "Their head weren't screwed on straight obviously."

Hendersonville Police said the departments worked together with the scrap yard and carwash and the arrests were made quickly.  

The motive behind the theft was not immediately available.

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