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DISH Network gear must be returned

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(Source: Dougherty Co. Jail) (Source: Dougherty Co. Jail)

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  An Albany man is charged with opening more than 100 accounts with Dish Network, and then installing the network's satellite equipment into other people's homes, and charging for it.

Investigators say 29-year-old Bob Thornton installed the equipment in 112 homes, then charged them $30 per month for the service.

The customers were people who didn't qualify for the DISH network equipment, so investigators say Thornton opened the accounts in his own name.

He's accused of stealing $70,000 worth of equipment from DISH network.

Thornton is in jail, and now the people who were paying him for the TV service have to return that equipment to the Sheriff's Office by Monday at 4:00.  

"So if we come by your house and we are looking for a DVR," said Lt. Anita Allen of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office. "And you don't have that DVR at that time, that is still going to hold you liable for that DVR. So you can't go and dump it off and expect us to go look for it. It doesn't work that way."

Sheriff's Investigators have the names and addresses of everyone who has that stolen equipment, so they warn you to turn it in by Monday at 4 PM at the Sheriff's Downtown Office under the Courthouse.

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