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Elkmont man facing eight charges after allegedly stealing air conditioning units

An Elkmont man faces multiple charges after fleeing from and fighting with Limestone County Sheriff's investigators Thursday evening.
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An Elkmont man faces multiple charges after fleeing from and fighting with Limestone County Sheriff’s investigators Thursday evening.

Cleabron King, 34, is charged with Assault 2nd Degree (Assault on Police Officer), Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth), Attempting to Elude, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. King also had a previous arrest warrant for Failure to Register a Vehicle. He is held in the Limestone County Jail on $10,500 bond for the new charges, but more charges are expected.

As of 4PM on Friday, King was additionally charged with four counts of theft and four counts of criminal mischief in connection with the theft of around $19,000 worth of commercial air conditioning units. These were taken from Elkmont area businesses between Dec. 25 and January 2 to sell for scrap metal. King was named as a suspect in the theft after the investigator recognized his vehicle on security video.

King had an outstanding traffic warrant, and investigators went to the residence on Runway Street where he had been staying. The homeowner let them in, but King fled on foot and was caught by Investigator Durden in the street. King fought with Durden, striking him and attempting to get away while refusing commands until a deputy assisted with the arrest.

“After a brief foot pursuit, investigators caught up with King and attempted to make an arrest, and he fought with them,” said Stephen Young, a spokesperson for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. “He did inflict some minor injuries on one of the investigators who was treated at the hospital for those.”

Deputies found a small bag containing methamphetamine and a straw with meth residue.

During the exchange, Durden suffered several minor injuries and was treated at the
Athens-Limestone Hospital.

The investigation into the thefts is ongoing, and felony theft charges are expected.

Source: Limestone County Sheriff’s Office