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Mower Thief BUSTED!!

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by corey4671, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,931

    Bladerunner: Lawn mower thefts solved
    Friday, August 29, 2008
    By Karen Hall, Staff Writer

    "We're just tickled to death," Marshall County Sheriff Les Helton said about the arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, of Norman Henry Litchford, 70, of 718 Raysville Rd. in Moore County.
    The arrest resulted from a joint investigation of the sheriffs' departments in Bedford, Franklin, Moore and Marshall counties in Tennessee and the Trenton Police Department in Dade County, Georgia.

    Litchford is charged with two thefts of lawn mowers and trailers in Marshall County, but it is alleged he has been stealing lawn equipment from a wide area over the past year.

    "He was stealing big, zero-turn lawn mowers, four-wheelers, weed eaters ... mostly high-dollar stuff," said Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan.

    "He'd back up to fully-loaded trailers with lawn mowers, hitch up and steal the whole thing," said Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce.

    Property believed stolen by Litchford was recovered in Coffee and Franklin counties. Approximately 16 trailers, 15 lawnmowers, four 4-wheelers, and a variety of other lawn tools have been recovered to date. The investigation remains ongoing and other charges are pending.

    The events leading to Litchford's arrival at the Marshall County jail unfolded like this.

    At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, the 911 center in Dade County, in northwest Georgia, received a report of a blue pickup truck that had stolen a riding lawn mower. Trenton City Police intercepted and stopped the vehicle.

    The driver of the truck was Litchford. He was arrested and charged with the theft and the lawn mower was recovered and returned. Litchford was confined in the Dade County jail and then, due to good communication between law enforcement agencies, he was returned to Tennessee.

    According to Dade County Detective Adam Reyes, while Litchford was in jail in Georgia, authorities in Moore County, Tenn., executed a search warrant and found a number of stolen items from several states at the residence.

    Litchford is being held without bond in Marshall County jail. He has been bound over from General Sessions Court to the September term of the grand jury.

    Sheriff Helton said he would like to thank the sharp-eyed citizen who was able to get the description of the vehicle that was involved in these thefts. He also thanked all the officers who put in long hours solving the case, especially Marshall County's Detective Keith Jolley and Capt. Norman Dalton.

    "It just took everybody working together and running down tidbits of information," said Helton.

    The sheriff advised everyone to keep close track of their lawnmowers, trailers and other outdoor equipment, and certainly to have all serial numbers written down and stored in a safe place. There will be people who cannot get their stolen equipment back because, without the serial number, they cannot prove it belongs to them."We're just tickled to death," Marshall County Sheriff Les Helton said about the arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, of Norman Henry Litchford, 70, of 718 Raysville Rd. in Moore County.

    The arrest resulted from a joint investigation of the sheriffs' departments in Bedford, Franklin, Moore and Marshall counties in Tennessee and the Trenton Police Department in Dade County, Georgia.

    Litchford is charged with two thefts of lawn mowers and trailers in Marshall County, but it is alleged he has been stealing lawn equipment from a wide area over the past year.

    "He was stealing big, zero-turn lawn mowers, four-wheelers, weed eaters ... mostly high-dollar stuff," said Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan.

    "He'd back up to fully-loaded trailers with lawn mowers, hitch up and steal the whole thing," said Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce.

    Property believed stolen by Litchford was recovered in Coffee and Franklin counties. Approximately 16 trailers, 15 lawnmowers, four 4-wheelers, and a variety of other lawn tools have been recovered to date. The investigation remains ongoing and other charges are pending.

    The events leading to Litchford's arrival at the Marshall County jail unfolded like this.

    At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, the 911 center in Dade County, in northwest Georgia, received a report of a blue pickup truck that had stolen a riding lawn mower. Trenton City Police intercepted and stopped the vehicle.

    The driver of the truck was Litchford. He was arrested and charged with the theft and the lawn mower was recovered and returned. Litchford was confined in the Dade County jail and then, due to good communication between law enforcement agencies, he was returned to Tennessee.

    According to Dade County Detective Adam Reyes, while Litchford was in jail in Georgia, authorities in Moore County, Tenn., executed a search warrant and found a number of stolen items from several states at the residence.

    Litchford is being held without bond in Marshall County jail. He has been bound over from General Sessions Court to the September term of the grand jury.

    Sheriff Helton said he would like to thank the sharp-eyed citizen who was able to get the description of the vehicle that was involved in these thefts. He also thanked all the officers who put in long hours solving the case, especially Marshall County's Detective Keith Jolley and Capt. Norman Dalton.

    "It just took everybody working together and running down tidbits of information," said Helton.

    The sheriff advised everyone to keep close track of their lawnmowers, trailers and other outdoor equipment, and certainly to have all serial numbers written down and stored in a safe place. There will be people who cannot get their stolen equipment back because, without the serial number, they cannot prove it belongs to them.

    © Copyright 2008, Marshall County Tribune
    Story URL: http://www.marshalltribune.com/story/1456665.html
     
  2. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 674

    Good news. Hope they make an example of him when its time for his sentence.
     
  3. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    at least they caught him. i hope everyone gets their stuff back
     
  4. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    this dude was seventy yrs. old, did i read that right?
     
  5. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,931

    that's why I put that in bold letters
     
  6. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    well, any age, good to hear his robbing days are done for a while, have a good one.
     
  7. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,072

    no telling how many of those things hes sold over the years
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    That tripped me right out, too.
     
  9. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    i could picture this in head, the public saying look at nice old guy retired, trying to work to make ends meet but here he's ripping people off. just now wondering if he ever used any of the stuff to mow some yds, or maybe that's what got him started in stealing lawn care stuff.
     
  10. brandtb1

    brandtb1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 153

    They should make an example out of this guy. He is stealing the tools needed to make a living. What if he stole someone's office? I am glad that he got caught.
     

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