A Timpson man is among four individuals arrested in Mississippi, and accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment in a multi-state theft ring.
Charles “Seth” Alexander, 25, is being charged with felony receiving stolen property. Mississippi authorities said they are still following leads in the case, and believe the group intended to sell the equipment on the black market.
Officials acting on a tip from a neighbor served a search warrant Monday at a rural residence in Hinds County, Mississippi. Much of the equipment recovered had already been striped to pieces. The group is accused of stealing tractor-trailers, back hoes, ATVs, trucks, diesel tanks, batteries and tools at an estimated value of some $200-thousand. Officials said they were able to get in touch with the original owners of the vehicles in Louisiana earlier this week, and have reunited them with their stolen property.
Authorities believe the theft occurred just west of Jackson, Mississippi about three weeks ago. Charles “Seth” Alexander was scheduled to have his initial court appearance Thursday. He’s been held without bond in the Hinds County, Mississippi detention center since being arrested.
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing, and believe more individuals are involved in what’s being described as a much larger case.