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Local man accused of stealing, wrecking farm tractor

Scott Seitz2 • Nov 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM

A Willard man was arrested for his alleged role in the recent theft of a farm tractor.

Scott Bivens II, 20, is facing grand theft and receiving stolen property charges after being taken into custody Saturday by Huron County sheriff's deputies.

Detective Bill Duncan outlined the events leading up to Bivens' arrest.

"At about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 26, we received a call from an anonymous caller who stated a tractor had overturned and there was an injured person on Townline Road 12," Duncan said.

"Deputies responded, but could not locate an injured male," he added. "The tractor was still running when deputies arrived."

Duncan said a tow-truck responded to remove the tractor.

"Based on information we had received, it was suspected the tractor was stolen," he said. "Later that day, a report was made that stated the tractor was stolen from a residence in the area."

It was then confirmed the tractor belonged to a local resident and it had been stolen earlier that night.

"There was a suspect in the theft," Duncan said, adding the Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the scene.

Detectives Kayla Zander and Rich Larson were assigned the case and instructed to locate the suspect.

That same evening, the suspect allegedly received treatment at a local hospital for some sort of vehicle crash.

Detectives interviewed Bivens recently about his possible involvement and were able to secure enough evidence to make an arrest.

The tractor is valued at $14,000 to $15,000.

"After I reviewed the facts of the case, I felt stronger service could be provided to the victim so I assigned the detectives to it," Sheriff Dane Howard said.

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