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Jackson County, Florida -
On Friday, June 3, 2011, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the theft of a Case 450 dozer that had been located abandoned in a creek bottom. The dozer was located on the north side of Freeman Road near Hayfield Lane, south of Alford. Through the course of the investigation it was determined that the dozer was taken from a lot on Campbell Circle in the Highlands Community located behind Compass Lake. It was discovered that four individuals had loaded the dozer onto a trailer and drove away from the property. The suspects then drove to the end of McDuff Drive where they removed a metal gate and drove south down a utility company easement. The subject’s truck and trailer became stuck at which time they unloaded the dozer and used it to free the vehicle. The subjects continued to drive the dozer down the easement until they reached the creek bed. While attempting to cross the creek one of the dozer tracks came loose and the dozer became stuck in the mud. Several interviews were conducted which lead to the arrest of three of the four suspects.
Charges are forth coming for the fourth subject.
On June 7, 2011, Investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anthony Shawn Bass and James Melvin and transported them to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to awate first appearance. Paul Fuder was arrested later that day by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Bay County Jail.