Property owner asks men to leave; they do, with his truck

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Greene County Sheriff’s deputies were able to recover another stolen vehicle last week, but again severe damage had been inflicted. The truck, which was a 1999 Ford F-250 had been reported stolen on Jan. 24 and was recovered two days later.

Deputies began looking for the vehicle after its owner, Jeff Tubbs of Cottondale, reported the truck stolen.

Tubbs had come to town for a hunting trip when he found other men preparing to hunt on the land.

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Syphus Stanton, Office Administrator for the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, said Tubbs asked the men to leave, which they did with no problems. Stanton said the trouble began when Tubbs returned from the woods.

“He went hunting that morning at about 6:30 a.m.,” Stanton said. “He was hunting somewhere on the property and when he came back there were four males getting ready to hunt on the property. He asked them to leave and they did. He said when he came out of the woods about 9 a.m. his truck was gone.”

Stanton said between the truck and the rest of the items inside, several thousand dollars worth of property had been stolen and a great deal of damage had been done.

“The truck was valued at about $10,000 and he also reported five weapons stolen,” Stanton said. “There was a 12 gauge shotgun, a 20 gauge automatic, one Teaka 30 magnum bolt action with a scope worth $1,500 and a Marlin .22 with a scope worth $150 and a tool box with tools and wrenches worth about $2,000.”

Stanton said they had a suspect, but no arrests had been made.

The truck was discovered when the suspects attempted to destroy the evidence. The truck was set on fire around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday on a Greene County road and a motorist leading to the trucks recovery by police reported the fire.

“It was recovered on Jan. 26 where it was found on County Road 211,” Stanton said. “It had been partially burned when they found it. They responded to a 911 call and that is how they found it. They called the volunteer fire fighters and it turned out to be the truck.”

Stanton said while they do have suspects no arrests have been made. The department is still investigating the incident.

The theft is among many that have occurred in Greene County recently. The Sheriff’s Department has been taking precaution in their investigations to look at every possibility.