Observant friend helps obtain information to recover stolen lawnmower to its rightful owner

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested after Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies say he stole a Spartan SRT PRO 54” zero turn riding lawn mower valued at $7,000.

The theft was reported on June 17th in the 8130 block of Williams Road.

The owner of the lawnmower reported a friend had sent him a photo of his mower on a trailer being pulled by a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup. The truck was located at the Dollar General store in Fayetteville.

Seth Flynn

Officers were able to see the license plate and found the truck was registered to 31-year-old Seth Flynn, of Bedford.

On June 18th officers went to Flynn’s home on Younger Road and found the lawnmower in his garage. Flynn was at work. 

Officers spoke to Flynn via phone and Flynn said the mower belonged to his boss and then changed his story saying he owned the mower.

Flynn was asked to report to the Sheriff’s Department and make a statement, Flynn said he would, but first wanted to speak to his attorney.

Officers then obtained a search warrant to enter the garage and verify the serial number on the lawnmower. At that time police determined the mower in Flynn’s garage was the stolen lawnmower. 

The owner was contacted and the mower was towed from the garage and returned to the owner.

Flynn was notified the lawnmower was taken from his garage and was asked to report to the Sheriff’s Department on Monday, June 21 between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. to make a statement.

On June 21, at 3 p.m. Flynn called the Sheriff’s Department and requested to speak to an officer. He was advised once more to come to the department between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. to make a statement. Flynn said he would speak to his lawyer.

Flynn never came to speak to officers.

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of theft.