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Pope pleads guilty to first-degree theft from Lake Martin Auto

Published 12:22pm Thursday, October 25, 2012

An Alexander City man pleaded guilty to first-degree theft, according to the Alexander City Police Department.

Kim Pope, 49, pleaded to a 36-month sentence last Monday after a trial that lasted two days.

Pope was indicted in January of 2010 for an incident that occurred at Lake Martin Auto Sales. As previously reported in The Outlook, the business filed a report on Nov. 6, 2009. Pope allegedly took in excess of $100,000 from the business, according to Tallapoosa County District Attorney E. Paul Jones.

When the indictment was issued, Lt. Jay Turner told The Outlook that Pope had been working at the business when the incident occurred.

“The initial report advised a vehicle was brought back to the business on Dadeville Road, and there was no record where it had been sold from the business,” Turner said. “At that point, the business had a private audit done and then the audit, along with other evidence, was presented to the grand jury.”

Although the district attorney had estimated that $100,000 had been stolen from the business, ACPD Det. Erin McWaters said the official dollar will be known pending an upcoming hearing.

“I can’t give you a specific amount because they haven’t had a restitution hearing,” McWaters said.

The restitution hearing is set for Nov. 14.

Depending on the result of the restitution hearing, McWaters said Pope may be required to pay some or all of that amount back.

Pope’s sentence does not include any prison time, McWaters said.

“Alabama has sentencing guidelines, and if the numbers don’t add up to a certain score, you don’t get prison time,” McWaters said.

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