A Buford teenager was identified by police as the third suspect in a Caterpillar excavator theft from a Flowery Branch construction site, police said.
Flowery Branch police were investigating the Dec. 4 theft of a skid steer excavator from Sterling on the Lake. A skid steer is a machine that looks like a small bulldozer.
Investigator Robin Kemp said Brett Crissey, 39, of Flowery Branch, and Kelley Hosch, 38, of Buford, were arrested Dec. 12 in Rabun County after the two were “attempting to steal another excavator.”
Kemp said a third suspect, Hunter Moon, 17, is in custody in the Gwinnett County Jail on charges of “forgery and theft by deception from where he supposedly sold a stolen trailer in Gwinnett County.”
Kemp said a warrant was issued for Moon’s arrest in the Flowery Branch theft.
Police later found the skid steer, which was taken from Sterling on the Lake, behind a house on Amber Cove Way in Flowery Branch.
Crissey and Hosch were charged with felony theft by taking and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and both remain at the Rabun County Jail.
“Our investigation continues, and we suspect there may be other thefts of heavy equipment in other jurisdictions,” Kemp wrote in an email.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kemp at 770-967-6336.