Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Police Recover Stolen Lawnmower

Cookeville police criminal charges are pending against two people who allegedly stole a lawnmower from a vacant lot on Gainesboro Grade this week. Officer Brandon Tayes says that he had received information that someone in a white Chevrolet S-10 pick-up was going to deliver a stolen mower to a residence on Autumn Avenue. He says police followed that vehicle and observed the occupants pick the mower up and then drive back to Autumn Avenue. That's when authorities moved in to question the suspects. The driver initially claimed that the $2,000 John Deere mower belonged to his mother, but police say the mother told them it didn't belong to her. The man then admitted to picking up the mower at the request of 28-year-old Heather Nicole Minard of Cooke Street. He told authorities that he did not know who it belonged to. Minard, on the other hand, continued to insist that the mower belonged to the driver's mother. Because she had an active warrant outstanding, Minard was taken into custody, and police say charges are pending against her and the driver for possession of stolen property.