Tips lead to an arrest in radio equipment vandalism | UPDATE

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Roy Dale Dickson, 22, of Happy Valley Road, Tallassee, has been charged with vandalizing the Sheriff's Office's radio equipment at the fire tower.

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong says all of the other individuals who were involved have been identified and more charges may be filed.

The Sheriff’s Office received numerous tips Friday night about the suspects.

“The tips that we received on our 24 hour hotline as well as through our Text-a-Tip link regarding the identity of these suspects were instrumental in helping our Criminal Investigation Division locate the suspects,” says Sheriff Berrong . “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to call and leave a tip. Community assistance is vital in these cases such as this.”

Dickson is being held on a $50,000 bond.


The Blount County Sheriff's Office says it has identified seven suspects related to the vandalism of their radio equipment earlier this week.

None of the suspect are in custody.


The Blount County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in identifying four suspects accused of vandalizing the Sheriff’s Office radio equipment near the fire tower on the Foothills Parkway.

Monday evening, radio service for the county’s dispatch became intermittent. Early Tuesday morning, the National Park Service notified the sheriff’s office that they found damage to the radio equipment located.

The power was out, and a large rock was found on the walk way to the fire tower. Additional rocks were found on top of the breaker boxes, which supplies radio service to the National Park Service and the Sheriff’s Office. Damage to the breaker boxes is estimated at $61,000.

If anyone has any information as to the identity of the individuals in the photos, or information regarding who vandalized the equipment, please call the Blount County Sheriff's Office.


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