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.
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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