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CEO Sought On Grand Larceny Suspicion

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 1:48pm
The Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the chief executive of a company that plans to open a solar panel plant in Cherokee County stole aluminum from the site and sold it for scrap.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports (http://bit.ly/HVGIWM ) police are looking for Christopher Bernard Jones on charges of grand larceny.

Deputies say the CEO of Global Energy Franchise took aluminum products from the company's building and sold them to a scrap yard. Authorities say the total value of the pieces is about $17,000.

A building caretaker noticed the missing materials and called authorities.

In November, officials announced that the plant would invest $18 million in the facility, creating 200 jobs over four years. This week, county officials said they were not sure of the company's hiring status.

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