Thomas Charles Bardrick, 21, of Fort Smith, Ark., was recently sentenced to three years probation in U.S. District Court in Muskogee for interstate transportation of stolen property, in relation to six zero-turn lawn mowers stolen in Sallisaw.
The Indictment alleged that on or about April 15, 2015, Bardrick did unlawfully transport in interstate commerce stolen goods, wares and merchandise, that is, six zero-turn mowers, valued at $5,000 or more, knowing the mowers were stolen.
The charge arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Sallisaw Police Department, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Smith Police Department, the Sebastian County Sherriff’s Office, the Poteau Police Department, and the District 27 Drug Task Force.
United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “This investigation and prosecution is a great example of the results that occur when citizens freely share information they believe to be suspicious and multiple law enforcement agencies from different jurisdictions work together. Investigators from each jurisdiction that assisted in this case played a critical role in the thorough, professional investigation that allowed this office to prosecute Bardrick. I commend the officers for their work and those citizens that provided information that lead to Bardrick’s arrest.”
U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White presided over the hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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