An Alabama man was charged with stealing a 70-ton crane after he called a wrecker service wanting to have the heavy machinery pulled out of the woods, according to sheriff’s officials.
The owner of the towing service contacted the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, to say that he had been suspicious when Johnny Mims had called claiming someone had given him the crane, and he wanted it removed so he could sell it for scrap.
The wrecker service owner later recalled moving the same crane a few years prior and contacted its owner who confirmed that he had not given it away.
When Mims attempted to flee from officers, he drove the rig into a ditch where it became stuck.
The 26-year-old Clanton man was arrested Tuesday on a probation violation and first-degree theft charges
“We have worked a lot of theft cases over the years, but this one definitely takes first place in the heavyweight category,” Sheriff John Shearon’s office said in a statement, thanking the wrecker service.