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The Athens Review
Athens Police Chief Buddy Hill reports some recent surveillance investigatatory work by the APD and Henderson County Sheriff’s Department was productive and led to the arrest of two individuals, plus the recovery of two stolen mowers and the seizure of narcotics.
On the morning of Jan. 4, Athens Police Detective Sgt. Don Yarbrough received information regarding the whereabouts of a zero-turn mower that had been stolen from a local Athens business.
Yarbrough learned that the mower had been hidden in a secluded location, and was soon to be picked up by the suspects. Yarbrough was joined by Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Kay Langford, and began a surveillance operation in the area of where the mower was hidden.
At about 10:30 a.m., Yarbrough and Langford saw a vehicle pulling a trailer stop in the vicinity, at which time a subject exited the vehicle and retrieved the mower. The suspect drove the mower a short distance down the street to where the vehicle and trailer were waiting.
Yarbrough and Langford, along with Athens Police Cpl. Jason Bosher and Officer Michael Reynolds, took Robert W. Brantley, 21, and Jeremy W. Bowman, 27, both of Athens, into custody as they were loading the mower into the trailer.
Upon inspecting the mower, valued at about $3,000, officers learned that it had been stolen the night before from Red Line Power Equipment in Athens. While searching the suspect’s vehicle, officers found a large quantity of a crystallized substance believed to be methamphetamine.
Using information obtained from Bowman at the scene, Yarbrough and Langford were able to recover another zero-turn mower, valued at about $4,000, from Bowman’s residence near the Henderson-Anderson county line. The mower had been stolen from Red Line Power Equipment on Dec. 26, 2013.
Brantley and Bowman were transported to the Henderson County Jail, where they were each charged with the state jail felony offense of theft by possession or more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 and possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, more than 4 grams and less than 200 grams, a second degree felony.
The investigation into the theft of the mower from Dec. 26, 2013 is ongoing, and additional charges are expected to follow.
Both mowers were returned to the custody of Red Line Power Equipment.