Shelby Co. employee pays thief to steal $10K worth of lawn equip - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shelby Co. employee pays thief to steal $10K worth of lawn equipment, police say

Johnnie Williams (L) Christopher Jones (R) (Source: MPD) Johnnie Williams (L) Christopher Jones (R) (Source: MPD)

A Shelby County employee hired someone to steal his own work equipment, according to Memphis Police Department.

Christopher Jones told officers someone stole $10,000 worth of lawn equipment--including a Toro zero-turn mower, a 52-inch Honda push mower, multiple stick edgers, an Echo hedge trimmer, a backpack blower, and several weed eaters--from his Shelby County work truck.

The theft happened July 7 while the truck was parked outside the Shelby County Homeland Security building. 

Surveillance video captured the thief in action.

Officers were able to identify the thief as Johnnie Williams. They tracked him down and arrested him on July 11.

Williams admitted to officers that he stole the lawn equipment. However, he also told them Jones let him "permanently borrow" the equipment for $500.

Police found most of the stolen lawn equipment stored at Williams' house in Orange Mound.

Both men were arrested and have bonded out of jail.

There hasn't been any word from Shelby County if Jones is still an employee. 

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