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Red-Light Cameras Help Solve Construction Theft Case

William Wayne Boykin William Wayne Boykin
Phil Hobdy has a landscaping business where some equipment was stolen. Phil Hobdy has a landscaping business where some equipment was stolen.

GALLATIN, Tenn. - Red light cameras in Gallatin may have helped solve a theft case.

For several months, contractors have complained about someone stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of heavy construction equipment.

Gallatin police said they've got their man. He is a well-known real estate agent from Lebanon.

William Wayne Boykin was arrested after police reviewed hundreds of hours of videotape from the city's red- light cameras.

"We were really shocked when we came on the job site and the equipment was gone," said Phil Hobdy.

Hobdy said the equipment was worth more than $50,000. He needs it to run his landscaping business.

"And you know you really feel violated when something gets stolen and this is something you use everyday to make a living with," Hobdy said.

Police believe they have the man who stole his equipment.

Police reviewed hours of video recorded by the red-light cameras to find a suspect's vehicle.

Police said the video showed a Ford Excursion towing a stolen piece of equipment on a stolen trailer, but there wasn't a license plate.

Hobdy actually spotted the vehicle and called police.

"They told me to be on the look out for a black Excursion and last Monday afternoon I saw the same vehicle come through the job site," he said.

Police stopped the vehicle and arrested Boykin. The 47-year-old man also sells used cars.

When asked for a comment, Boykin said he didn't want to talk on camera.

"My attorney told me I don't need to talk to anybody about anything," he said.

When asked if he commit the crimes, he said, "No."

Police charged Boykin with felony theft and attempted theft.

Police said he made thousands of dollars by selling the stolen equipment.

Hobdy is happy someone is going to pay the price for hurting his business.

"That's what they pretty much led me to believe that he's the one that's responsible," he said.

Police said this is an open investigation. They are looking into other heavy equipment theft cases to see if Boykin is involved.

Gallatin has used red-light cameras since the fall of 2006. Police said the cameras have helped solve several crimes.

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