A 26-year-old Cleveland man is in custody at the Marshall County Jail after a stolen brush cutter was found at his residence. The suspect is charged with theft of property 1st degree and faces a $30,000 bond for that offense. In addition, he is charged with criminal mischief 1st degree and burglary 3rd degree, in relation to an incident in July. Those previous offenses added another $30,000 bond, according to Investigator Michael Turner of the Guntersville Police Department.
Last week, a tractor and brush cutter were stolen from a job site on county road 25 in Marshall County. The Guntersville Police Department contacted the Blount County Sheriff’s Department with reason to believe the two items were located in Blount County.
The tractor was located on Old Scott Road in Blountsville, but the brush cutter had been disconnected and removed. Combined, the two stolen items were valued at around $100,000, according to Investigator Robert DePaemelaere of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department.
From previous related cases, the Sheriff’s Department had a suspect in mind. In March, the suspect was charged with stealing $300,000 of heavy equipment. Upon investigation, DePaemelaere and Investigator Michael Blackwood of the Sheriff’s Department located the brush cutter on the suspect’s property.