SPRINGHILL — One man is in custody for the alleged theft of three high-dollar lawn mowers from a Springhill major discount outlet and the hunt is on for two accomplices in last week's burglary.
Springhill Chief of Police Will Lynd said Tuesday, a week ago, three men wearing masks and gloves drove a U-Haul truck to the outdoor lawn mower display at the discount store, cut chains to the zero-turn lawnmowers, loaded them onto the truck and made their getaway. Value of the mowers is approximately $7,000, Lynd said.
Lynd said Springhill investigators traced the truck to a rental outlet in Minden, and located the individual who rented the vehicle.
"The person who rented the truck gave us the name of the individual for whom it was rented. We located him and he ultimately confessed to the crime, but he would not give up the names of the others involved," the chief said.
Lynd said Christopher Woodall, a resident of the Lake Bistineau area, is being held on three counts of felony theft.
"With the help of the police departments in Minden and Dixie Inn and the state police, we learned the names of the other two individuals involved in the burglary," Lynd said.
"We currently have outstanding warrants for Thaddius Anderson and Ketrick "Capone" Frazier, charging both of them with three counts of felony theft."
Lynd said Anderson and Frazier are residents of the Minden area.
No charges have been filed against the individual who rented the truck. "We have determined that individual had no idea the truck was going to be used in a burglary," Lynd said.
The chief said none of the items taken have been recovered.