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Two from Newton arrested by Rockdale authorities

CONYERS -- An Oxford man was arrested Sunday on 10 counts of theft by conversion related to the sale of copper tubing.

Jack Wesley Henderson, 44, of 12743 Ga. Highway 142, Oxford, faces eight misdemeanor counts of theft by conversion and two felony counts for allegedly selling copper tubing that didn't belong to him.

According to a report by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, the owner of John Payne Mechanical Company in Tucker said that he fired Henderson in October after Henderson allegedly went to three different locations in Rockdale County and purchased copper tubing, charged it to the company and then sold the copper to a recycling center in Newton County.

According to the report, Henderson's employer alleged that he charged copper to the company on 10 different occasions for a total of $8,489.87.

The employer told the RCSO that a vehicle tracking system showed Henderson's vehicle leaving the locations in Rockdale where the tubing was acquired and going to the recycling center in Newton.

Warrants were taken for Henderson, and he was arrested and jailed on Sunday. He remained at the Rockdale County Jail on Monday.

Also, vehicle that had been stolen and left with inoperable taillights led to the arrests of a man and woman on drug charges.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Ashley Beth Cagle, 23, of 1970 Gleaton Road, Conyers, and Milton James Forkey, 26, of 50 Sheppard Drive, Covington, were arrested at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday after they were pulled over at West Avenue for driving on Interstate 20 eastbound without taillights.

Cagle, who was driving, told the arresting deputy that her Ford Mustang had previously been stolen and that the thieves had blown several fuses. She said her taillights did not work nor did the dash lights. She showed the deputy a small flashlight she had been using to see her speedometer while driving.

According to the incident report, Cagle appeared extremely nervous, while Forkey was lying back in the passenger seat and appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.

When asked if she had anything in the car that she shouldn't have, Cagle reported said she didn't and gave officers permission to search the car. A glass pipe containing what appeared to be drug residue was found on the floorboard, tucked between the passenger seat and door.

After questioning by officers, Cagle reportedly admitted that she had hidden Forkey's drugs inside her bra. She handed over a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine, according to the incident report.

Cagle was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession and use of drug-related objects and driving without taillights. Forkey was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects.