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Gerald Callahan (l) and Franklin Ames

Two men who were charged with stealing from a Hurricane Bay Car Wash on Courtney Lane this summer have entered Alford please.

According to court records, the manager of the business, Misti Callahan, approached a Crane police officer in August and wanted to file stealing charges against Franklin Ames who were seen stealing quarters out of a money bin at the business.

During the course of the investigation, Ames allegedly told investigators that Callahan's son, Gerald Edward Callahan, 23, sometimes left coin bins open for the men and would split the proceeds with them. 

The charges against both men were amended to misdemeanor theft charges, according to online court records.

Gearld Callahan told investigators that he had "stolen the keys from his mother before to open the change bins," and that he learned how to pick the locks "so he can open the change machines when he wants."

Callahan stated that he stole as much as $80.00 at one time and as little as a couple of bucks at other times.  He also stated that he "only steals from his mom" and he used some of the money to buy marijuana.  

Judge Alan Blankenship placed both men on probation. Ames will serve two years unsupervised probation. Callahan was placed on one year supervised probation and must perform 40 hours of community service.