June 10, 2014
A social media post has led to the recovery of $17,000 in stolen lawn equipment and the arrest of a Mount Airy, N.C. man.
According to Mount Airy Sheriff Graham Atkinson, deputies were dispatched to 271 Deatherage Road in Mount Airy last Friday at around 9 a.m. for a “report of a civil disturbance.”
“When deputies arrived they spoke to a Mike King, and Mr. King stated he had located what he believed to be property that he had reported stolen in Carroll County, Virginia,” Atkinson said.
The property was described as a 16-foot trailer, two lawn mowers, a gas can, herbicide, three trimmers, a chainsaw, a backpack leaf blower and a backpack pump sprayer. It was valued at $17,900, according to police.
“(King) stated after his items were stolen he put the information on Facebook,” Atkinson said.
Shortly after the Facebook post, King received a tip that his property was located at the Deatherage Road residence.
“When he got to the residence he noticed his zero-turn mower,” Atkinson said.
An occupant of the residence, Joshua Cory Lawson, 26, told police he had purchased the items on June 5.
Lawson has been charged with one count of the felony possession of stolen goods.
He was booked into the Surry County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond.