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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Dougherty County Police now know what happened to a semi stolen in April from a Radium Springs Road yard; it was chopped up for parts.

Dougherty County Police arrested 38-year-old Tim Coulter and charged him with theft by conversion, for stealing the truck and selling it off piece by piece. They also took warrants for Freddie Branch.

Police say he allowed the truck's owners, Wallace and Cassandra Harper, to park the 2004 International on his property. Then he called Coulter to come take the truck.

"It appears that way, that they took advantage of the situation with these folks that had entrusted the truck to them or to Mr. branch and he diverted it to the other individual," said Dougherty County Police Captain Jimmy Sexton.

The Harpers essentially used their life savings to buy the truck so Mr. Harper could be an independent trucker, but it was stolen before he ever hauled his first load.

Police continue to investigate to see if Branch and Coulter stole any other vehicles.

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