Detectives Search For Tractor Thief

By: Bailey Myers; Leon County Sheriff's Office Email
By: Bailey Myers; Leon County Sheriff's Office Email

By Bailey Myers
August 21, 2013

Tallahassee FL- Caught on tape... A man drove off with someone else's tractor.

The legal owner of the tractor, David Dowdy said, "I was just shocked I couldn't believe that somebody had taken my tractor off the job site."
But that's exactly what happened.

Surveillance footage shows an unidentified middle-aged man took the tractor by riding it out of the neighborhood. It all happened last Thursday afternoon in the gated Golden Eagle community in Tallahassee.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office spokesman, Lt. James McQuaig "We do experience thefts of larger pieces of equipment. It's harder to do something with a larger piece of equipment and it's harder to conceal one."

This tractor snatcher didn't try to conceal his stolen goods as he drove through the neighborhood and out the gate. The owner, David Dowdy thinks the unidentified man must have put the tractor on a trailer that was set up down the road.

A piece of equipment like the tractor is valued at around 12,000 dollars, and even though it is not uncommon for contractors to leave equipment at the sight-- Dowdy says he's going to do things a little differently.

Dowdy explained, "For right now I am probably going to be taking my equipment home with me or removing it from the job sight every evening."

The Sheriff's office needs your help catching this man. If you have any information you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 850-574-8477.


Press Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is requesting information concerning the theft of a tractor.

On August 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm, an unknown white male illegally entered a construction site in the 8300 block of Glenmore Drive and removed a 2003 New Holland tractor (model HC 35). The suspect drove the stolen tractor out of the Cobb Drive Gate in the Golden Eagle Subdivision.

Anyone with information on the identity of the man pictured below is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477).

Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward.


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