|Three men arrested in theft of lawn, tractor equipment|
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men in connection with the theft of lawn and tractor equipment with victims in Wakulla and Franklin counties, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.
Ralph Franklin Pigott III, 26, of Crawfordville was charged with grand theft over $20,000 and less than $100,000 and organized scheme to defraud.
Brandon Wray Atkinson, 36, of Carrabelle was charged with grand theft over $20,000 and under $100,000.
The men are accused of being involved in the grand theft of a mower attachment and tractor valued at $20,900. The property was stolen from a resident in Sopchoppy on Oct. 1.
During the investigation, WCSO detectives received information from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office that Martin and Atkinson had been arrested in Franklin for similar crimes involving tractors and lawn equipment.
Search warrants were served at Martin’s home in Crawfordville and lawn equipment, a handgun and trailer were seized. Some of the lawn equipment was identified by the serial numbers as the same items Martin falsely reported stolen.
The stolen property from Sopchoppy and two Franklin County victims have been returned to the owners. The three men also face charges in Franklin County for similar offenses.