Cannon County Sheriff Darrell Young, talks with Rutherford County Detective Maj. Bill Sharp, left, while picking up lawn mowers stolen in Cannon County and recovered by Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. From left are Maj. Sharp, Sheriff Young, Capt. Egon Grissom, Detective Brandon Gullett, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and Cannon Jail Administrator Ed Brown.
A multi-county investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Kittrell man and the recovery of some $250,000 worth of stolen goods including three professional grade lawnmowers from Cannon County.
Arrested was James Allen Presley, 36, of Bradyville Pike. He has been charged, thus far, with theft over $60,000, two counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, and violation of probation.
Presley is being charged in Cannon County with the theft of three mowers, a Club Cadet, a John Deere Zero Turn and a Grass Hopper Zero Turn. All were stolen in the Bradyville area.
Detectives teamed together to identify and locate a suspect accused of stealing about lawn mowers, tractors and skid loaders in several surrounding counties, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s detective said.
Cannon County Investigator Brandon Gullett, Investigator Anthony Young and Sheriff Darrell Young assisted in the investigation and in the arrest of Presley.
Detectives recovered about $260,000 worth of stolen property from Cranor Road in Rutherford County and zero turn lawn mowers from Centralia, Ill.
The three Cannon County mowers were recovered from J&L Wholesale, a company in Centralia, Ill. They were returned to Cannon County on Oct. 28.
Witnesses gave a description of a suspect and his vehicle, Rutherford County Detective Steve Brown said. When confronted, the suspect gave false names and addresses.
“MTSU Police Detective Kim Rednour got on Facebook and started plugging in the names and identified the suspect as James Presley,” Detective Brown said. “Photos were shown to witnesses and victims who positively identified Presley. She broke the case through social media.”
Detectives worked with MTSU Police and Williamson, Cannon and Coffee County Sheriff’s Offices before arresting Presley Wednesday and recovering the stolen property Wednesday and Thursday.
“We’ve come up with other leads and this is still an active investigation,” Detective Brown said.