A suspicious lawn mower buyer in Rock Hill helped police track down stolen landscaping equipment this week.
The woman called Rock Hill Police after someone she knew told her that a man with a zero-turn riding lawn mower could meet her on Hutchinson Street and sell her the equipment for $700, according to a police report.
The mower and other items were stolen from North Carolina, officers later discovered.
James Henry Richardson, 34, and Crystal Baker, 38, both of Lancaster, were arrested on Wednesday in Rock Hill in connection with the stolen items, the report states.
Officers found the items in a U-Haul truck parked on South Heckle Boulevard.
Richardson and Baker were in the truck, according to the report.
While police were on scene, a 50-year-old Rock Hill man approached officers and told them he'd recently bought $100 worth of equipment from Richardson, the report states.
Police say the equipment that the Lancaster couple were selling was stolen in Anson County, N.C. recently.
The owners of the mowers, power drills and a leaf blower were told they could pick up their equipment in Rock Hill.
Richardson and Baker were charged with receiving stolen goods, according to police records.
Authorities added a property crime enhancement charge due to Richardson's prior criminal convictions, the report states.
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