A Manchester man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole an ATV, a lawnmower and other equipment.
William Darrell Charles Jr., of the 3300 block of Main Street, was charged with six counts including second-degree burglary and felony theft scheme. He was released on $7,500 bail, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of charges, deputies of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were called to a Manchester residence on July 25 after residents reported the theft of an ATV from a garage. In the course of the investigation, officers spoke to a nearby resident who reported the theft of a chainsaw.
In the area, investigators encountered a garage at the rear of a property and, after obtaining permission from the owner, entered to observe a lawn mower being stored there, according to the statement.
On July 25, a deputy responded to a report of a theft of a lawn mower from a Manchester residence, according to the statement. The resident noted a bicycle that had been left nearby around the time of the theft, according to the statement.
In a canvass of the neighborhood, an ATV matching the description of the one stolen was located in a field in the 3700 block of Maple Grove Road. A resident of a nearby home reported a bicycle being stolen matching the description of the one found earlier, according to the statement.
The owner of the shed in which the lawn mower was located said the lawn mower did not belong to him. The only person to normally access the garage was his employee, Charles, he told investigators, according to the statement.
Charles was contacted by the Sheriff’s Office, and said he did not know anything about the mower, according to the statement.
A witness told investigators that he had observed the garage to be open with no mower inside on the night of July 24, but observed the garage to be shut on the morning of July 25, according to the statement.
A deputy responded to a report of a stolen chainsaw from the garage of Manchester residence on July 28, according to the statement.
On July 29, an individual familiar to Charles told investigators that Charles had asked for a cash loan on July 24 and offered five chainsaws as collateral. The man told investigators that Charles said the chainsaws had been obtained through a trade with a friend. The man showed the saws to investigators and two were identified as those previously reported stolen, according to the statement.