Knox man jailed for stolen heavy equipment

A Knox county man is behind bars for allegedly stealing heavy equipment parts.

The subject was reported stealing a “C-Frame” for a bulldozer, a piece that connects the blade to a dozer, valued at $3,800. It was reported to authorities the item was taken from a location in Artemus, and placed on a dozer owned by Dallas Brown and was being used on a jobsite on Big Creek.

Deputy Claude Hudson and SGT Carl Frith located the dozer at a job site on Paint Branch Cemetery Road, in the Big Creek Area near the Clay County Line. The C-Frame on the dozer was identified as the one stolen from the Artemus area. However; the deputies were unable to get a tow truck at that time and had to leave the dozer at that location. Deputies attempted to locate Brown at his residence, but he was not there. A 22-caliber rifle was located and seized at that time.

On December 15, 2017, Deputy Hudson returned to the site but the dozer had been moved from its original location in an alleged attempt to hide the machine. After locating the equipment, the dozer was seized and towed to a secure location.

On December 20, 2017, Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies Claude Hudson and Sam Mullins arrested Dallas Ray Brown, 42 of Walker, at his residence. Brown was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000. He was also charged with tampering with physical evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Brown was also wanted on a Knox County indictment warrant for first degree bail jumping, persistent felony offender II, two Knox County warrants for Flagrant non-support and warrant for failure to pay the fine on a license not to be in possession,

Brown was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.