Alleged mower thief arrested following dual-county probe

By: By Chris Berendt -

GARLAND — A Garland man has been arrested in connection with lawnmower thefts in Sampson and Bladen counties.

Investigators with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office have charged Donald Hardman, 63, of 1804 Bull St., Garland, with two counts of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny. The arrest occurred Thursday, according to a press release disseminated on Monday. The charges were related to three larcenies reported to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office on June 30 and July 1.

On June 30, a lawn mower and trailer were reported stolen from Broad Street in Roseboro and on July 1, a lawn mower was reported stolen from Main Street in Salemburg.

“Investigators assigned the case worked diligently to follow up on leads related to the case. Through a joint effort with Bladen County and Sampson County investigators, Hardman was identified and charges were obtained,” a press release stated.

On Thursday, Bladen County Sheriff’s investigators took Hardman into custody at his Bull Street residence, which is listed as being a Garland address, but is located just inside the Bladen County borders.

Hardman was placed under a $105,000 bond and is being housed in the Bladen County Detention Center. According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Hardman has multiple convictions in Virginia and North Carolina of burglary, larceny, breaking and entering and receiving stolen goods between 1981 and 1997, the latest conviction being second degree burglary in Lenoir County in 1997. He served eight years in prison in that case.

“I would like to personally thank the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said in a prepared statement. “We are blessed to have a great working relationship with other jurisdictions. This arrest is an example of why solid relationships are important between law enforcement agencies.”


By Chris Berendt

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