Crime & Courts

Man caught trying to drive off with $25K John Deere skid steer

A skid steer, such as this one shown in a product advertisement, is used for lifting and hauling.
A skid steer, such as this one shown in a product advertisement, is used for lifting and hauling. John Deere

A man complained of medical problems when Iredell County deputies stopped him and asked about a $25,000 stolen John Deere skid steer that he had loaded on a trailer behind his vehicle.

Ultimately, the deputies charged Michael Dean Groce with felony larceny – after he received medical treatment.

A second man, Patrick White, 36, of Dobson, is still wanted in connection with the theft. Deputies are asking the public for help finding him.

Deputies were called to a Zachry Construction site on April 24 following the a theft of a John Deere CT 322 skid steer, according to a report from Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Investigators were told that the machine might be at 1501 Mountain View Church Road in Yadkinville.

When Deputies arrived they saw Groce attempting to leave with a skid steer on a trailer, according to Campbell’s report.

When Yadkin County deputies stopped and detained Groce, he began complaining of medical issues. Yakin County EMS responded and transported Groce to a local medical care provider to be treated.

The $25,000 skid steer was recovered and returned to the owner, according to the report.

Meanwhile, a witness reported seeing White and another man dropping the skid steer off at Groce’s property early one morning. Warrants were issued for White on a charge of felony larceny. An outstanding warrant had been issued for White in Yadkin County for a similar incident, according to Campbell’s report.

Anyone with information on White’s whereabouts is asked to call Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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