Several men have been arrested in the theft of a small fleet of riding lawn mowers from a Hammond store.
Five Kubota zero-turn commercial lawn mowers and a utility trailer were stolen Aug. 5 from Star Power Equipment in Hammond, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.
A Crime Stoppers tip led investigators to a suspect and eventually to Bentley Drive in Baker, where a man said he paid $4,000 for one of the mowers and the trailer, according to the affidavit. The document also says one suspect said the buyer offered to pay $100 “to keep the police off of him.”
Detectives found the trailer and two of the mowers on Bentley Drive, though the affidavit doesn’t mention what has become of the other stolen merchandise.
Revorn Jones, 54, of Woodville, Mississippi, and William Deshawn Creft, 38, of Baton Rouge, were booked with illegal possession of stolen property, compounding a felony and criminal conspiracy.
Demarlon R. Armstead, 36, and Thorton L. Range, 34, both of Baton Rouge, each face multiple counts of unauthorized entry of a business, criminal trespassing and possession of stolen property.
Each also faces a single count of inciting a felony and Armstead faces one count of conspiracy to commit felony theft.