Roger Grenier

BLAINE – A Rutledge resident has been arrested on charges of the theft of building materials valued at more than $10,000 from a Blaine contractor.

Police Chief Tim Wyrick said Officer James Barnes took a report in late November of the theft of building materials from a construction site on Richland Road. He said in early December Officer Nick Diamond checked on a truck hauling material at Mouth of Richland Church.

The driver told Diamond he had purchased the materials at Lowe’s and had stopped to tighten his straps. Diamond reported receiving a call from the victim on Richland Road later that day. The individual reported he had a camera on his property, and someone had made off with another load of building materials. The pictures were sent to Officer Diamond who verified it was the same individual and truck he had checked at the church.

The officer informed Investigator Canaan Blankenship of the encounter. Wyrick said Blankenship located the suspect on New Corinth Road in Rutledge.

Blankenship spoke to the suspect he identified as Roger Grenier, 44, of Rutledge. 

“Mr. Grenier did admit to the crime and led officers to a garage on his property where the stolen items were located. The items were recovered and returned to the victim,” Wyrick said in his report.

Grenier was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal trespassing, theft of property valued between $10,000 and $50,000 and vandalism.