A 54-year-old Manchester man was arrested in Westminster Tuesday and charged with stealing lawn and garden tractors and several over-the-road utility trailers.
The Maryland Vehicle Theft Task Force charged Buck Alvar Harris of stealing the equipment, removing the identification numbers and attempting to sell the stolen equipment. He was released on his own recognizance by a court commissioner.
The MVTTF said its investigation of Mr. Harris parallels interstate thefts in which a large quantity of lawn and garden tractors have been stolen from dealers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
The equipment recovered from Mr. Harris, valued at $23,000, was stolen in Maryland and Pennsylvania, officials said.
The Vehicle Theft Task Force is composed of law enforcement officers from Baltimore, Anne Arundel County, the FBI and the state police.