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Arrest made in case of $40K in equipment stolen from side of I-985
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Update, April 25: An arrest has been made in the theft of a $40,000 mulcher that occurred earlier this month on the side of Interstate 985 at Falcon Parkway, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Richard Jonathan Alvarez, 35, was charged with felony theft by taking on Sunday. 

 The FECON mulcher was found at property on Paddock Lane in Dawsonville across from Alvarez’s home, according to Hall County Sheriff’s investigators. 

The mulcher has been returned to the owner, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The owner of the mulcher had told authorities he had been working in the area and stored the equipment on elevated forklifts before it was stolen, the Sheriff’s Office reported. 

A GPS tracker on the mulcher had picked up the piece of equipment at a Texaco  on War Hill Park Road in Dawsonville. The owner of the store provided photos of the suspect along with the equipment on a flatbed trailer, authorities reported.

As of early Monday, Alvarez was in the Hall County Jail on $27,700 bond, authorities said.  


A $40,000 mulcher was stolen over the weekend from the side of the southbound lane of Interstate 985 at Falcon Parkway, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office reported.

A GPS tracker on the mulcher last picked up the piece of equipment on Sunday at a Texaco  on War Hill Park Road in Dawsonville. The owner of the store provided photos of the suspect along with the equipment on a flatbed trailer, authorities reported.

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The owner of the Fecon bullhead mulcher told authorities he had been working in the area and stored the equipment over the weekend on elevated forklifts, the Sheriff’s Office reported. 

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office has released a description of the man and the stolen piece of equipment. 

The suspect is White, has brown hair, is nearly 6 feet tall and weighs between 230 and 250 pounds. 

The truck pulling the flatbed trailer is thought to be a 2008-2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, possibly silver or gold. At the time, a backhoe was also on the gooseneck trailer, authorities said. 

Anyone with information about the suspect or the equipment can call Hall County Sheriff’s investigator Bobby Hunt at 770-533-7224 or email him at BoHunt@hallcounty.org.