An Argo man was arrested by Jasper police Tuesday and charged with stealing expensive mowing equipment from Tractor Supply Co. in Jasper. Jason Keith Tidwell, 44, was charged with first-degree …
An Argo man was arrested by Jasper police Tuesday and charged with stealing expensive mowing equipment from Tractor Supply Co. in Jasper.
Jason Keith Tidwell, 44, was charged with first-degree theft of property, according to Jasper police Chief J.C. Poe.
Tidwell is accused of stealing a ‘Bad Boy’ zero-turn mower and 5x8 trailer from the business Monday morning.
Poe said the mower was valued at $5,000, while the trailer was worth $800.
Tidwell reportedly backed a pickup truck up to the trailer, hooked it up and drove off with the mower and trailer Monday morning. The theft was captured on security video at the business.
Jasper police were notified, and officers were able to identify the truck used in the theft.
Poe said JPD patrol officer Cody Harbin spotted the truck in the parking lot at WalMart in Jasper and called detectives, who questioned the man driving the truck. He was not involved in the theft, but that led detectives to Tidwell, who was taken into custody and charged with the crimes.
Poe said Tidwell went before Judge Greg Williams, who set a $15,000 property bond for Tidwell, who was being held in the Walker County Jail.
Poe credited the work of his patrol officers and detectives, who were able to quickly make an arrest in the theft.
“They all did an outstanding job in working this case,” Poe said. “They all put in a lot of effort to solve this.”
Both the trailer and mower were recovered by police.
Poe said Jasper police are looking into a similar theft of equipment about two weeks ago at Farley Tractor in Jasper.
Anyone with information on that case is asked to call Jasper police at (205) 221-2121.