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Shreveport business owner arrested, facing felony theft charges

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Thomas Bartle, 67 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office) Thomas Bartle, 67 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport business owner has been arrested, accused of felony theft for taking thousands in payment from a Benton church for merchandise and services he never performed.

According to the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, 67-year-old Thomas Bartle turned himself in Thursday afternoon to face the felony charges.

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 allegedly took a payment of more than $13,000 from the church and deposited the money into his account.  However, Bossier Parish investigators say 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 reportedly vacated the building they were occupying in Shreveport and shut down their phones and website.

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