Contractor charged in ALDOT theft

Published 9:30 pm Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The president of a Brundidge construction company is facing a theft by deception charge involving more than $100,000 of construction materials missing from an ALDOT worksite in Elmore County.

Randal Christopher Hall, 40, of Brantley, was arrested Monday morning and released the same day on $100,000 bond, according to information from the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department. Hall is president of S.A. Graham Co.

According to a statement released by the Alabama Department of Transportation, “based on information discovered by (ALDOT)” S.A. Graham Co. was instructed last Thursday to cease work on all ALDOT projects.

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Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said ALDOT officials noted more than $100,000 worth of riprap, which is rock used to armor shorelines, streambeds, bridge abutments, pilings and other shoreline structures against erosion, missing. ALDOT investigators located the missing material and contacted Elmore Franklin.

“They found the rock on a private landowner’s land in Titus,” Franklin said. “The landowner (said he was) was (storing the riprap) as a favor to the construction company.”

Franklin said he called Hall in for an interview Monday regarding the missing material.

“After interviewing him and obtaining a warrant, we placed him under arrest and charged him with theft by deception,” Franklin said.

Franklin said he did not foresee any other charges regarding the incident.

Tony Harris, ALDOT spokesman, said all payments to S.A. Graham Co. are being held and the company has been removed from the ALDOT bid list until this matter is concluded. “Due to law enforcement involvement, no further information will be disclosed by ALDOT,” Harris said in a statement.

Kevin Taylor of the Wetumpka Herald contributed to this article.