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      Freedom clipped for lawnmower theft suspects

      Ryals was already incarcerated at the time the warrants were issued and has been charged with criminal trespass, theft by taking, entering auto, and theft by deception. / Dougherty County Jail

      Dougherty County police have made three arrests in connection to thefts of lawn equipment from Merry Acres Landscaping after the equipment was reported missing in early August.

      Dougherty County police officials say that 31-year-old William Swilley Junior stole the equipment on two different days in June and July along with a different assistant for each trip including 28-year-old James Ryals and 26-year-old Tyler Tucker.

      The group took four weed trimmers along with two backpack leaf blowers and pawned them at stores across Albany and Lee County.

      After finding one of the pieces of equipment at an Albany pawnshop, DCP was able to recover the rest of the equipment valued at $2,100.

      Tucker was caught by Albany police during a traffic stop and has been charged with criminal trespass, theft by taking, entering auto, and theft by deception.

      Ryals was already incarcerated at the time the warrants were issued and has been charged with criminal trespass, theft by taking, entering auto, and theft by deception.

      Swilley turned himself in Thursday evening and has been charged with two counts each of criminal trespass, theft by taking, entering auto, and theft by deception.
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