Police find stolen $50,933 excavator in Parke County after receiving tip

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The recovered stolen excavator (Indiana State Police)

Indiana State Police troopers have arrested a 34-year-old man after finding a stolen excavator in the man’s driveway in Parke County.

Police said an anonymous tip led police to find stolen construction equipment, miles from the crime scene, rtv6 reported.

They said on Thursday a Greenwood, Indiana man called, saying he received a tip that his stolen excavator may be in Parke County. His 2016 Takeuchi Mini Excavator, valued at $50,933, was stolen from a Greenwood-area job site in December 2017.

The victim received a call from a business that had identified the equipment as stolen. The victim told police the location and the excavator’s serial number, police said.

Police said they went to the location in the 4600 block of E. Rosedale Rd., and found the excavator in the driveway. It matched the serial number of the stolen one.

The equipment was seized and the suspect was arrested. The suspect, Bradley A. Thompson, 34, was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of stolen property.

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