Madison County, Florida - November 10, 2011 -
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 8th day of November 2011, Madison County Sheriff's Office Deputies received information from an employee of Birdsong concerning a truck they had witnessed that was loaded with stolen farming equipment traveling to Madison. The truck was described as a late 1980’s to early 1990’s Nissan, black hood with a blue body. Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately responded and located the truck at Madison Metals.
Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputies identified the occupants of the vehicle as: Douglas Duwe of Lee Florida, W/M, DOB: 11/07/1968, Michael Johns of Fitzgerald Georgia, W/M, DOB: 10/05/1987 and Robert Phillips of Lee Florida, W/M, DOB: 10/18/1988.
Robert Phillips was immediately placed under arrest on a local warrant for failure to appear on previous involvement in criminal activity. The subjects first claimed to have permission to obtain the equipment but could not validate from whom permission was granted. The subjects soon thereafter confessed to stealing the equipment.
The equipment (Irrigation arm, Grain auger and Mulcher paddles) had a value of approximately $6,000.00 and was identified by Birdsong employee’s that took rightful possession of the property and all three subjects were taken into custody and charged with the following:
Phillips: Grand Theft, Trespass, Resisting Arrest without violence and Failure to Appear.
Duwe: Grand Theft, Trespass, and Resisting arrest without violence
Johns: Grand Theft, Trespass, and resisting arrest without violence