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CEO accused of stealing metal from company site

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Christopher Bernard Jones (Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office) Christopher Bernard Jones (Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office)

Authorities said 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 Cherokee Sheriff's Office has signed a warrant for the arrest 44-year-old Christopher Bernard Jones, of Taylors, on charges of grand larceny worth more than $10,000.

Deputies said the CEO of Global Energy Franchise took aluminum products from the company's building on Henson Road in Blacksburg and had his employees sell them to a scrap yard. Authorities said the total value of the pieces was about $17,400.

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.

Deputies said numerous attempts have been made to locate Jones and have been unsuccessful, so they consider him a wanted person at this time.

Anyone with information on his location should contact Detective Clark at 864-489-4722 or Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME SC.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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