April 25, 2014

Police eye several suspects in thefts at Agway dealer

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John Deere riding mowers stolen from business

By Tom Gresham
Observer staff

Williston Police are pursuing multiple leads into a string of thefts of riding mowers from the Agway store on Vermont Route 2A.

“There are a lot of different people we’re looking at right now, but it’s safe to say that there appears to be multiple subjects involved,” said Officer Jon Marcoux said. He said police believe the stolen mowers were sold at a private sale in the area.

The most recent theft occurred July 20 when Agway reported that a John Deere Model L120 mower was stolen overnight. The mower was valued at $2,300.

Previously, Williston Police had responded to a theft complaint on May 5 at Agway, where a John Deere Model L111 mower valued at $1,800 had been taken overnight.

Milton police officers also recovered a mower stolen from Agway in June when they discovered a stolen pickup truck with a John Deere mower in the truck’s bed.

Marcoux said the two men suspected of stealing the truck are among those suspects in the lawn mower thefts. The men were cited on a charge of felony aggravated operation of a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. The complaint alleges the suspects stole the truck and then altered its appearance.

Marcoux said police are investigating whether the thefts in Williston are connected to a series of similar thefts of riding lawn mowers at the Yandow Sales & Service store in North Ferrisburgh.

Anyone with any information about these thefts or recent private sales of new John Deere equipment is asked to contact the Williston Police Department at 878-6611.

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