Police arrest wheelie popping suspect

July 22, 2009 6:09:06 AM PDT
Cumberland County sheriff's deputies arrested a man they believe is responsible for two lawn mower thefts. The Fayetteville News and Observer reported that someone witnessed 28-year-old Charles Ray Gann doing wheelies on two lawn mowers outside at a gas station over the past week.

On Saturday, another witness reported a man driving a lawn tractor on Baywood Road. Deputies were dispatched but were unable to locate the man.

About eight hours after that sighting, Eastover Mayor Charles McLaurin reported his lawn tractor and a chainsaw stolen.

Detectives eventually connected the two sightings and arrested Gann at his grandmother's house in Wade. He also took detectives to a wooded area where McLaurin's mower, chainsaw and another mower were hidden.

Gann is charged with larceny and two counts of possession of stolen property. He is out of jail on a $5,000 bond.

When deputies arrested him, they also served an outstanding warrant for driving while impaired on a lawn mower.

Gann's court appearance is scheduled for September 9.


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