Two Men Arrested After Theft Of Excavator

(JACKSON CO.) – Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men Sunday in connection with the theft of an excavator worth $40,000.

Police arrested 35-year-old Amos Michael Andrew Fee and 39-year-old Lyle Russell, both of Crothersville, on charges of felony theft.

According to a news release, the excavator had been stolen in the 2000 block of North U.S. 31 in Seymour.

Officers said they began to question Fee and Russell, who told officers their truck, which was carrying a trailer, had broken down in the Indianapolis area. After getting the vehicle back up and running, the duo spotted the excavator at a nearby construction site. They proceeded to load it into their trailer and return to their home in Crothersville, where they hid the excavator in a patch of trees behind the residence.

The excavator is owned by MacAllister Rentals of Columbus.

Officers also found a generator on their property, which was stolen from West Virginia.

Both items were collected and returned to their original owners.

Fee and Russell were arrested Sunday and booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where they are currently being held without bond.