Tractor found, man sought in theft case

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Law enforcement officials are looking for a man that they believed stole a large tractor over the past month.

While the tractor has been recovered, the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department has a warrant outstanding for Eric Todd Adams.

According to Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department, a large farm tractor was reported stolen from the Allen property on Cedar Grove Road around Dec. 9-10.

McGaha said the tractor was valued at $25,000-$30,000.

Last Friday, law enforcement officials got a break when someone saw the tractor listed on Craig's List for sale. After talking with a girlfriend, police went to property on Weavers Run Road.

With the help of deputies on four-wheelers, the tractor was found on a remote area of the property. It was recovered Saturday morning with only a small dent.

"He knew we were looking for him," said McGaha.

Adams, 20, was last seen in the Valley Station area when another girlfriend dropped him off at a hotel. When officers arrived, Adams had already left.

McGaha believes he is still in the Dixie Highway area because he had no vehicle.

Adams is being sought on a warrant for receiving stolen property and McGaha considered him to be dangerous.

He is a convicted felon from Hardin County, where he received a 10-year sentence for burglary and receiving stolen property, according to McGaha.

Generally, McGaha said law enforcement officials are seeing more thefts of heavy equipment items. Those thefts are coming from farms and construction sites.

Just recently, a $70,000 piece of equipment was stolen from a construction site.

"With the economy, we're seeing more of this," said McGaha.

While difficult to secure such equipment, McGaha recommended moving the equipment as far away from roadside visibility as possible and to make sure all serial numbers are recorded.

Anyone with information about Adams should contact the sheriff's department at 543-2514.