Ex-workers accused of stealing $100K in equipment from Rock Hill business


Rock Hill police have arrested a former employee of a local business accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment and selling the items on their own.

Avery Todd Byrd, 29, of Chester was arrested at home this week and transported to the Rock Hill city jail on Wednesday on a charge of breach of trust above $2,000, two month after police began investigating the theft of equipment from the NuAir repair facility on Dave Lyle Boulevard.

The manager reported to police in March that he suspected employees of taking air compressors out of the facility without permission, saying $100,000 worth of compressors had been lost at the facility in the past few months. He provided the police with footage of employees, including Byrd, removing compressors from the business, according to the incident report.

Byrd’s arrest follows that of another employee, John Delynn Foote, 43, of Rock Hill, who was arrested and charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent on March 26. A third man, Kelsey Dominic Patton, 40, of Rock Hill, has also been charged with receiving stolen goods after investigators identified him selling stolen compressors at a flea market.

Another man reportedly identified removing compressors in surveillance footage, Leon White, is also being sought on a breach of trust charge.

Bristow Marchant •  803-329-4062