Peach Deputy Charged in Tractor Thefts

10:51 PM, Aug 10, 2009   |    comments
  • Cornelius Flowers
  • Darrel Bryant
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A Peach County deputy is accused of helping another man sell stolen lawn tractors, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

According to a news release, the GBI, the Peach County sheriff's office and other agencies arrested deputy Cornelius Flowers, age 41, on Aug. 4.

He and another man, 43-year-old Darrel Bryant of Fort Valley, are charged with theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, and theft by deception.

Both have been released from the Houston County jail.

According to the news release, Flowers is accused of helping Bryant sell stolen Kubota lawn tractors. One of them was taken from Walker Rhodes Tractor Company in Perry on March 23, according to the GBI.

Flowers is the second Peach deputy charged with a crime within a month. In July, Aubrey Touchton was charged with having child pornography on his home computer.

The GBI says anybody who bought lawn tractors from Flowers or Bryant or who has any other information on the case should call Special Agent Ben Collins or Special Agent Jason Shoudel at GBI Perry (478-987-4545).


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