|Tony Johnson (mug shot SCSO)|
A Crane man facing a litany of charges related to recent burglaries allegedly stole two leaf blowers from the garage of the Crane City Hall around Halloween.
A confidential informant told authorities that he witnessed a man known as "Buttcrack Bob" unload two orange and white leaf blowers in front of Tony Allen Johnson's residence and saw Johnson take them inside his house.
Johnson, who was working off a municipal fine by washing police cars for the city, had complete access to the area where the leaf blowers were stolen, according to Crane police chief John Elmore.
According to court documents, Johnson , 43, "was bragging about taking the [Stihl] leaf blowers," that are valued at $1,500.
Johnson is also facing charges of burglary and receiving stolen property and is believed to be part of an alleged burglary ring that hit a garage in the city and various residences in the county in the last few months.
Elmore says he expects additional charges to be filed against Johnson and others from ongoing investigations.
Johnson is being held in the Stone County jail on $45,000 bond.