Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says a Shreveport business owner turned himself in Thursday afternoon to face felony theft charges for taking thousands in payment from a Benton church for merchandise and services he never performed.
Thomas Bartle, 67, of the 10200 block of Stonehedge Dr. in Shreveport, was wanted by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office for accepting funds in early February as the owner of the now defunct Wright’s Sound Gallery to provide and install three new televisions in the church sanctuary at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Benton.
Bartle took a payment of more than $13,000 from the church and deposited the money into his account. However, he never performed the service, and over the next several weeks, the church was given a variety of excuses as to why they had not received their merchandise.
Without notice to the church around late March, the business vacated the building they were occupying in Shreveport and shut down their phones and website.
Bartle was booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility Thursday afternoon and released the same day after posting a $25,000 bond.