published Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Man with more than 50 indictments in gas thefts picks up new case

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    Thomas Bouch, 39, picked up new charges of theft and vandalism related to gas thefts. Bouch already has 52 indictments in similar cases awaiting in Hamilton County Criminal Court.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A man who faces 52 indictments in gas-related thefts picked up new charges Friday.

Thomas Bouch, 39, faces new charges of theft of property under $50 and vandalism after detectives linked him to two new thefts where company vehicles in business lots had fuel lines severed.

In all of the thefts, a late 1990s model red Chevy Tahoe was listed as a suspect vehicle.

Electronic Controls Inc., 4129 South Creek Road, had $75 in gas taken and $750 in damage to vehicles.

In another case, $200 in gas was stolen at Sulzer Pumps, 4126 Cain Lane. Photographs showed the Chevy Tahoe at the crime scene.

"During the interview, defendant denied that he had been at the business at the time of the thefts. He was shown a photo of the suspect vehicle, and advised it did look like his vehicle," the report states.

When the detective pressed Bouch and asked if the pickup belonged to him, "he stated that it looks like his vehicle, but not sure."

Bouch, who has a bond set at $25,000, has a court date set for Oct. 10 before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christine Sell.

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