published Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

2 men, 2 juveniles charged in vehicle theft from Bradley auto body shop

Two adults and two juveniles were arrested in connection with thefts from a Bradley County auto body shop, authorities say.

Malcolm Durand Shalchick, 20, and Thomas Allen Bottoms, 23, both of Southeast 14th Street in Cleveland, are charged with burglary, theft over $10,000 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Shalchick has an additional charge of arson, Gault said.

The juveniles are currently being held at the Juvenile Detention Center, he said. It’s unclear what charges have been filed against them.

The owner of an auto body shop on Dawn Drive reported the burglary and theft on June 23, Gault said. Both vehicles were at the garage for repairs.

Sheriff’s investigators learned one of the cars, a Dodge Magnum, had been driven to Fort Hill Cemetery, where a cloth was placed in the fuel tank in an attempt to set it on fire, Gault said.

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