Authorities recover some items stolen from Clanton Tractor

Published 3:30 pm Friday, March 11, 2016

Authorities have recovered some items that were stolen from Clanton Tractor before dawn on Tuesday.

According to a press release from the Clanton Police Department, a “very observant officer” from an outside agency, who had viewed the police bulletin about the stolen items, stopped a suspicious vehicle on Thursday.

The traffic stop led to the recovery of one of the stolen lawnmowers.

CPD detectives responded to the scene and began working with the Montgomery Police Department officers to investigate further, according to the release.

During the following investigation, several more items from Clanton Tractor were recovered including a 1999 Ford F350, one of the three stolen trailers and two additional lawnmowers (a total of three recovered).

At the location where the items were located, detectives also found two trucks and a trailer belonging to McDonald Construction Company, a stolen tractor and a stolen truck, according to the release.

Information has also been obtained that officers hope will be useful in locating the suspects involved in the thefts.

Although several stolen items are still missing, CPD is thankful to have had some success in locating the property and the subjects responsible for the theft, according to the release.

More than $30,000 worth of vehicles, trailers and brand new lawnmowers were stolen from Clanton Tractor.

The perpetrators stole two pickup trucks, three utility trailers and six zero-turn lawnmowers that were still in shipping material.

The suspects used other equipment at the business, including a forklift to load the mowers, in the theft.

They also used vehicles stolen from a Union Springs construction company.

The theft occurred at about 3 a.m. at 909 Seventh St. S. in Clanton.

Two vehicles entered the premises.

Over the course of about an hour, the suspects loaded mowers onto trucks, and then four vehicles exited the business.

A fifth vehicle was part of the caravan but was left behind at Clanton Tractor when it suffered transmission trouble, said Capt. David Clackley with the Clanton Police Department.

Anyone with information about the case should call CPD Detective Tera Easterling at (205) 755-1194.