Thomasville Times Enterprise

June 24, 2014

Stolen equipment found in Florida

Patti Dozier

THOMASVILLE — Thomasville police were in north Leon County, Fla., Tuesday afternoon in connection with lawn equipment stolen from Plantation Oak Drive during the weekend.

On Tuesday morning, detectives were investigating the theft of lawn equipment, a vehicle and trailer with a total value of $25,000.

The property, belonging to the Thomas-Grady Training Center, was parked across the street from the center in the 100 block of Plantation Oak.

Taken from an enclosed trailer were two Zero-Turn lawn mowers, three weed trimmers and a weed-trimmer edging attachment. Also taken was a 1993 Chevrolet Suburban and a trailer used to remove the items from the site, Sgt. Henry Williams, assistant commander of the Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division (CID), said Tuesday morning.

The SUV and trailer were found abandoned at the Georgia/Florida state line south of Metcalfe.

Lt. Wade Glover, CID commander, said the location where the Suburban and trailer were found is a favorite dumping ground for stolen vehicles.

“It is a secluded area with not much traffic or homes. A vehicle can be dropped off there, and the thieves can get out of the area before they are seen,” Glover said.

Early Tuesday afternoon detectives followed a lead that led to the discovery of about 90 percent of the stolen lawn equipment in woods near Miccosukee, Fla., in north Leon County.

Several more pieces of the equipment were found after detectives arrived in Florida.

Glover said further details of the equipment recovery would be available today.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.