The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying what is suspected to be a stolen tractor.
That tractor – a Yanmar 1300 – was recently recovered from the County Road 18 property of 49 year old Russell Rhodes Maxwell who stands charged with four counts of Obscuring the Identity of a Vehicle and with two counts of Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree.
Maxwell remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center under $50,000 bond.
A recent search of that property resulted in the recovery of the tractor, in addition to three ATV’s – with their identification numbers removed.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau later confirmed that the ATV’s had been taken stolen from locations in north Alabama and north Georgia.
A photo of a tractor similar to the one recovered has been posted on the WEIS Radio website at – weisradio.com
Anyone with any information that may lead to the rightful owner of the tractor – is encouraged to contact Investigator Matt Peek at (256) 927-3365.