McCalla Man Charged with Theft

Publish Date: January 31, 2017
Written by: Sheriff's Office
Categories: News

Birmingham, AL 01/31/2017

35- year- old Darnella Devon Howell of McCalla has been charged with stealing over $54,000 from an employer.

In April of 2015,  Howard was hired by a development company to oversee the acquisition and installation of HVAC equipment at an apartment complex they owned. He was authorized to order equipment with purchase orders, pick up the equipment, and sign for it upon delivery.

In August of 2016, the owner of the company discovered that Howell had been ordering equipment and picking it up since January of 2016. The purchased units had been installed at the complex.

The owner of the company confronted Howell about the units. Howell admitted to purchasing the units with company funds and then selling them to other contractors for personal profit. The total amount stolen over the time period is $54,863.97.

Howell agreed to pay the money back to the business but never did so.

On January 30, 2017,

Darnella Howard

Darnella Howell

Sheriff’s Detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Howell with Theft of Property 1st Degree. Bond is set at $30,000.

Howell remains at large. Anyone with information about his location is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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