McMinn County man arrested, lawnmower stolen

NIOTA (WATE) – A McMinn County man was arrested after being seen driving a lawnmower.

Christopher Hammonds, 25, was arrested after a burglary was reported near Niota. Investigators responded to a call on Sunday at a home on County Road 267. The resident claims she saw the suspect riding her lawnmower down the road. Investigators say the witness also saw the man with a weedeater and gas can.

The witness pulled the suspect off of the lawnmower and asked for his name, according to the report. The suspect gave a false name and fled the scene on foot. Investigators say the witness found her tractor in a ditch and saw the suspect riding in a blue car.

Hammonds was found at a house on Spruce Street in Athens.

He faces charges for burglary, theft over $100 and theft over $10,000.

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