Man Caught With Stolen Items

A Normandy man is free on a bond of $16,000 after he allegedly took items from three local businesses. 31-year-old Richard Leon Russell of Highway 41A was arrested on charges of three counts of theft of property and vandalism. He is accused with the theft of riding mowers from a Hills Power Pro on North Jackson Street. According to a report by Tullahoma Police Officer George Blasingame, the thefts were discovered by Nathan Hill of the business. Hill told the officer that the building had not been entered, but a security cable had been cut, and a support pole to the north end roof had been damaged. The thieves had removed a zero turn riding mower from an outside display area. That mower was recovered from a ditch near 300 Flowertown Road. A second mower, a Husqvarna, was removed from the business and was located by Investigator Jason Kennedy on Metro Highway 41A, Normandy. Kennedy charged Richard Leon Russell with theft of property. He is also accused of taking a utility trailer from Mike’s Gold and Pawn. He is also accused of taking items from Tractor Supply on North Jackson Street.