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Dublin man charged in farm tractor theft

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A 36-year-old Dublin man is facing two felony charges after allegedly stealing a farm tractor and concealing it on his property.

Adam Hornbarger was charged Tuesday with grand larceny and concealing stolen property, according to Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Worrell. Hornbarger was subsequently released from New River Valley Regional Jail on a $2,000 bond.

The John Deere 4230 tractor, owned by Massie District Supervisor Joe Guthrie, was reported stolen Monday. Sheriff’s department Cpl. Todd Hayes tracked it down and returned it to Guthrie within 24 hours.

Worrell said the property was taken from 5101 Newbern Road sometime between Saturday and Monday. Based on evidence at the scene, Hayes suspected the tractor had been driven away. Since the keys were not visible to the culprit, Hayes felt the suspect knew how to start the tractor by other means.

Leads received by Hayes during the investigation led him to property on Deertrot Road Tuesday. Worrell said tracks consistent with a tractor were found leading into a field beside a residence there. Search warrants obtained for the property and home resulted in the tractor being recovered.

In a Tuesday night Facebook post, Guthrie said the tractor was found hidden in brush and weeds in a field about three miles from where it was stolen.

Worrell says Hornbarger confessed to taking the tractor during questioning.

An Oct. 29 preliminary hearing is set for Pulaski County General District Court, to determine whether enough evidence exists to send the case to the grand jury.

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