Man charged with stealing melon buses

Man charged with stealing melon buses

ABBEVILLE, GA (WALB) - Wilcox County authorities say several old school buses that were converted to haul watermelons have been stolen and crushed.

Steve Mauldin of the sheriff's office says that a tow truck driver reported that a man had him pick up two watermelon buses in Wilcox County.

According to a report, the owner of a storage yard contacted the owner of the buses, who lives in Florida.

That person said that no buses should be gone.

However, 14 buses were missing.

Mauldin said that nine of the buses were taken to Sycamore Scrap and nine invoice tickets showed that Gary Mitchell of Cordele had sold them.

Warrants were issued for Mitchell for nine counts of Felony Theft by Taking, totaling $30,000.

Mitchell was also convicted in November 2014 for Theft By Taking in Crisp County after some buses were taken and disposed of at a local scrap yard. He was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Some missing buses may have "Joe and Joeman, Reddick, Florida" on the side.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilcox County Sheriff's Office at 229-467-2322.

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