Madison County, Florida - August 16, 2012 -
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 7th day of August 2012, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of grand theft from Hickory Grove United Methodist Church. The item taken was an 80 gallon syrup kettle having very distinctive markings for identification. The kettle holds a minimum value of $500.00.
Deputies received information from witnesses providing vehicle and persons description of potential suspects from Statenville Georgia that were in the area the day the theft occurred. A follow up investigation into the theft and with the assistance of Echols County Georgia Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of Larry Dean Bartley and the discovery of the kettle at an antique chop in Lanier County Georgia.
Larry Dean Bartley, W/M, DOB: 06/26/1982 of Naylor Georgia is currently incarcerated in the Berrien County jail for violation of Parole and hold placed on him for charges in Madison County Florida.
Bartley is being further investigated for potential involvement in additional burglaries in Madison County as well as the State of Georgia. Sheriff Stewart thanks the citizens of Madison County for their assistance with reporting suspicious persons, vehicles and incidents in and around Madison County.