A 53-year-old man may be headed back to prison after his arrest last week for the theft of two bales of hay.

William Ray Sullivan of Athens remained in the Henderson County Jail Monday in lieu of a $12,500 bond after being booked on a burglary charge last Thursday.

Worse for Sullivan is the fact he was already wanted for a parole violation stemming from a previous burglary arrest.

According to APD reports, police received a call at 7:45 a.m. that someone had broken into Geddie Feed on Faulk Street. A few minutes later, APD Corporal Billy Westover was dispatched to Jonathan Street where a man had been seen pushing a wheel barrow loaded with hay.

“I located him at a residence and detained him. The hay was taken and returned to its owner,” Westover said.

The hay had been taken from a storage area inside the feed store, Westover said.

“They’ve got a big gate that closes off the entrance to the building. He either climbed over it or found another way in, took the hay and rolled it away in his wheel barrow,” Westover said.

Sullivan denied taking the hay from Geddie Feed, according to police.

“He said he uses it to clean dog pens,” Westover said.

A square bale of hay costs about $8, Westover said. Because Sullivan allegedly went inside the building to take the hay, the charge went from petty theft to burglary of a building.

Police also responded to a report from the Living For the Brand Cowboy Church on Loop 7 that someone had broken into the building before dawn Thursday.

The intruder used a cement object to break out the back glass door and gain entry, APD reports said. Once inside, the burglar forced open the door to the office and began riffling through the desks. No items were reported missing.

A camera inside the church recorded the break-in. Police reports said the camera showed a person wearing a light-colored-hooded jacket entering at 3:34 a.m. The break-in remains under investigation.

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