3 men charged with theft of Habitat for Humanity equipment

Joshua Eric Allen

Paul James Bovard

Josef Smith

(WBIR-Loudon) Three men are facing charges after some construction equipment was reported stolen from a Habitat for Humanity site.

The Loudon Police Department says 27-year-old Josef Smith, 26-year-old Paul James Bovard and 22-year-old Joshua Eric Allen have been arrested and face charges of theft over $1,000.

Police say they are also seeking an additional person of interest to interview.

The charges come after police say three backhoe buckets were taken from a Habitat for Humanity subdivision. The buckets belong to a contractor who was doing work for the group.

Police say a local businessman called Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider after seeing a news report. He told the sheriff he suspected he had purchased the stolen equipment.

Officers were able to recover the stolen equipment, which they say led to the arrest of the suspects.