August 14, 2014
Agricultural and Rural Crime Unit (ARCU) agents Tim Mathews, left, and Jay Whitehead worked the recent stolen equipment case. Along with local law enforcement, ARCU recovered nearly $500,000 worth of equipment, including tractors, skid steers, trailers, a backhoe and a wood chipper. In the past year, ARCU agents have investigated more than 100 cases and recovered more than $2 million in stolen property.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Agricultural and Rural Crime Unit (ARCU) recently recovered 11 pieces of farm equipment worth nearly $500,000. The equipment was reported stolen from Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
ARCU agents arrested Jody D. Morgan, 53, and Steven Ray Parker, 38, both of Albertville, for receiving stolen property first-degree.
“Our agents worked diligently alongside local law enforcement to break this case,” ARCU Commander Gene Wiggins said. “A case like this will make criminals think twice before they bring stolen equipment across the state border and try to resell it. We want thieves to know Alabama is closed to that kind of business.”
Over the past 12 months, ARCU agents have investigated more than 100 cases and recovered more than $2 million in stolen property. To provide a tip or report rural crime, visit arcu.alabama.gov or call 1-855-75-CRIME.