7 arrested after authorities recover over $800,000 worth of stolen equipment

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UPDATE (June 22, 2017) -- Andrew Harker pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and theft. He was sentenced to 6 years, with 4 years suspended to be served on probation.

UPDATE (March 22, 2017) -- Aaron Christy pleaded guilty to corrupt business influence. He was sentenced to 4 years with 2 years credit for time served. One of those years will be served at the Department of Correction and the other will be on home detention, with 2 years probation.

UPDATE (Feb. 27, 2017) -- Tracey Shaw pleaded guilty to corrupt business influence and theft. For the first count, he was sentenced to 5 years with 2.5 years credit for time served. He'll spend 1.5 years in the Department of Correction and 1 year on home detention. For the other count, he was sentenced to 1 year at the DOC and 1 year of home detention. He'll serve the sentences consecutively.

SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. – Seven men were arrested after authorities say over $800,000 worth of stolen equipment was recovered in Shelby County.

The stolen equipment includes nine skid-steer loaders, two backhoes, a mini excavator, multiple all-terrain vehicles, a compact tractor with implements, a large construction excavator and multiple trailers.

Stolen equipment recovered by authorities
Some of the stolen equipment recovered by authorities

Authorities say the stolen items were brought to Shelby County from Hancock, Hendricks, Hamilton, Marion, Johnson, Monroe and Rush counties from 2008 to 2015.

Court documents reveal that some of the men sold the stolen machines, and others used them for their personal businesses.

The Shelby County Sheriff Department has been working to the recover the stolen equipment from late 2014 to the summer of 2015, with the help of other agencies.

The equipment was found throughout rural Shelby County.  Some of the stolen items were allegedly recovered from Harker Farm.  Anthony and Andrew were held responsible and arrested.

"Really shocked because they never had any kind of that equipment on their property," said neighbor and family friend Steve Cox.

Investigators found several stolen items on Tracey Shaw's property, including a trailer from the Avon Fire Department.

According to court documents, the trailer has an estimated value of about $750.

As a result of the investigation, the following subjects have been arrested:

  • Tracey Shaw, 52, charged with corrupt business influence, receiving stolen property and theft
  • Kevin Croucher, 40, charged with corrupt business influence, receiving stolen property and theft
  • Andrew Harker, 41, charged with corrupt business influence, receiving stolen property and theft
  • Anthony L. Harker, 46, charged with theft
  • Jamey Pierce, 49, charged with theft
  • Richard Mumaw, 51, charged with theft
  • Aaron Christy, 32, charged with corrupt business influence and theft
Seven men arrested
Seven men arrested

Other arrests in connection to these stolen items are possible.

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