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Marengo Co. commissioner, son accused of stealing, scrapping cars

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Freddie Armstead, Sr. Freddie Armstead, Sr.
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MARENGO CO., AL (WSFA) -

Marengo County authorities say a commissioner has some explaining to do. Investigators with the sheriff's department have arrested and charged Commissioner Freddie Armstead, Sr., and his son Freddie Armstead, Jr., each on 5 counts of theft. 

"We're not sure what the motive was. They told us they were going to give the funds to the sheriff's department," said Marengo County investigator Randy Sanders. 

The allegations begin at the Marengo County Road Department two miles south of Linden. County investigators allege commissioner Armstead and his son stole 5 impounded cars and sold them for scrap metal, pocketing thousands of dollars from the scrap metal sales. The cars were taken to scrap metal dealers outside Marengo County with one deal being completed in nearby Perry County. 

The alleged thefts took place over a two-day period two years ago. Authorities say the Armsteads brought their own flat-bed trailer on the property with the commissioner telling county employees to load up the impounded cars, cars that either had been seized in drug deals or slapped with a civil lien. 

"I'm not sure what his thinking was at the time," said Sanders. 

WSFA 12 News was unable to reach commissioner Armstead for a response. We checked with the criminal clerk in the courthouse and so far the Armsteads don't have an attorney representing them. 

"We have statements from both parties," said Sanders. 

Father and son turned themselves in Monday and Sanders say they are cooperating. Mr. Armstead and his son have posted their respective $25,000 bonds.

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