Carbondale man accused of stealing backhoe, driving to airport arrested 2 times in Nevada

backhoe theft (Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
backhoe theft (Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – A Carbondale man accused of stealing a backhoe and driving it to an airport in Marion, Illinois was arrested two times in Nevada.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call for service at Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois on May 18.

Deputies were told that a backhoe was parked in the airport parking lot which was suspicious in nature.

A few moments later the owner of the backhoe arrived and identified the equipment as belonging to his company. The owner told police that the backhoe was parked on a job site located at the intersection of Illinois Route 13 and Spillway Road.

Timothy J. Baggott of Carbondale is accused of stealing the backhoe and using it as transportation to drive about 10 miles to catch a flight.

Security camera footage shows Baggott’s arriving and parking the backhoe in the airport parking lot, according to the sheriff’s office.

He is captured on video walking from the equipment carrying a guitar case and entering the airport lobby, according to the sheriff’s office.

Baggott has been charged with felony theft (in excess of $10,000).

On May 21, Baggott was arrested in Elko County, Nevada on charges related to possession of a stolen vehicle. He was then released.

On May 22, he was arrested in Wells, Nevada also in Elko County on charges releated to the possession of an additional stolen vehicle.

He is being held in the Elko County Jail on a $40,000 bond.

On May 23, the Williamson County State’s Attorney formally filed charges of theft (over $10,000), a class 2 felony against Baggott. A warrant for Baggott’s arrest has been issued with a $25,000 bond.

The Williamson County Airport Authority and Williamson County State’s Attorney Ted Hampson assisted the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with any information concerning this or any other investigation is asked to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-997-6541 or the Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 800-414-TIPS (8477). All callers may remain anonymous.

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