Two stolen trucks, a four-wheeler and a variety of power tools are being returned to their rightful owners thanks to the efforts of the Macon County Sheriffs Department.
According to Detective Donnie Crawford, their department has been investigating several stolen vehicles in the areas of Wheeley Springs Rd., Kay Circle and Hartsville.
Recently, however, their investigation began to gain momentum when the owner of a sawmill in Red Boiling Springs called to report a break-in and stolen property.
Stolen from the Oak Grove Rd. property were chainsaws, an air compressor, an air nailer and a planer.
“Also on June 17, Sergeant Jason Bohanan received a call that the owner of the sawmill saw a man named Justin Stacey riding a four-wheeler on his property on Collins Road,” stated detective Crawford. “When officers arrived at the location, Mr. Stacey jumped in a truck and took off.”
Stacey was stopped on Cotton Hollow Road where officers ran the tag and VIN numbers of the green pick-up truck he was driving, and were notified it had been reported stolen from the Wheeley Springs Rd. area.
In the bed of the truck was a four-wheeler that was yellow, but had been noticeably re-painted red, and located in the cab of the truck were power tools.
Crawford noted that the power tools were discovered to be those reported stolen by the sawmill owner, and the four-wheeler was reported stolen off Oakdale Road.
While speaking with Stacey, Sergeant Bohanan noticed another truck parked in the weeds nearby, which also came back stolen from a location in Hartsville.
An air mattress was found inside one of the vehicles as well, and Stacey stated to officers that he had been sleeping in the stolen trucks.
Stacey was charged with driving on a suspended license, joyriding, evading arrest, criminal attempt, burglary and theft of property (six counts).
He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on July 27, 2016.
Prior to this incident, Stacey had fled from authorities during a traffic stop and he may face additional charges.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons would like to thank all of the officers involved for their hard work and dedication in this case and urges residents with information regarding a crime to contact his office. Crime reporters may remain anonymous.