COVINGTON - A man notified the Newton County Sheriff's Office after he became suspicious that a wood chipper he was looking to buy was offered to him at a bargain-basement price.
When investigators ran the machinery through the Georgia Crime Information Center, it came back stolen out of Henry County. The equipment is valued at $30,000.
The man allegedly offering to sell the equipment - Raymond E. Medina of 496 Macedonia Road - told investigators he purchased the chipper from a man for $8,000, according to an incident report completed by Deputy Christopher Allen.
While at the Macedonia Road address, Allen ran a Bobcat tractor and trailer through GCIC with similar results. Those items, valued at $48,000, were also stolen from Henry County.
The man's juvenile sister told Allen she had located a bill of sale for the equipment; however, the document turned out to be a handwritten receipt on notebook paper and the deputy observed all signatures and information on the document were written by the same hand.
Allen reported he was standing in the resident's carport speaking with the young girl when he noticed a .22 caliber rifle and he decided to check the serial number on the weapon. It was stolen out of Baton Rouge, La.
Medina was arrested and charged with theft by receiving and agreed to speak with investigators. He also said there was a stolen Tech .22 caliber gun from California and a .25 caliber gun he had bought for $125 from a Snellville individual in his residence.
In other crime news, a car hauler trailer was stolen from 5228 Ga. Highway 20 sometime between noon May 31 and 7 p.m. June 1.
An incident report completed by Deputy Joseph Lightsey listed items valued at more than $30,000 on the car hauler at the time of the theft. They included a $15,000 Chevrolet drag car, a classic roadster worth $6,000 and $8,000 worth of Precious Moments keepsake gifts.
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