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Getting the right equipment to dig yourself into a hole can be costly
Houston County Courier


By Lynda Jones

A Crockett man may not have intended to dig himself into a proverbial hole last week, but he allegedly had the equipment for the job.The HCSO reports that in the early morninghours of Wednesday, Aug. 22, around 5 a.m, Jason Scott Bennett, 38, of Crockett was arrested for third degree felony theft, DWI and reckless destruction of property after Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy Clayton Smith was dispatched to a call regarding the theft of a backhoe from a residence located on CR 2125.“The caller was the actual owner of the backhoe. He had left his residence to go into town and passed the backhoe and a truck that was following it when he realized it was his own backhoe he had passed,” HCSO reports.Smith was responding to the call when anothercall came in about a backhoe driving erraticallydown SH 21. Smith then responded to SH 21 and met the backhoe driving on the road, according to the HCSO report.A traffic stop ensued, resulting in the recoveryof the stolen backhoe and the arrest of Bennett, who was exhibiting signs of intoxication,according to the HCSO.He was taken to the Houston County Jail and booked in on the theft (>=$20,000 <= $100,000) with bond later set at $15,000 and DWI with bond later set at $2,000.After Bennett’s arrest, the HCSO received a call of a mailbox that had been damaged on CR 2125. Sgt. Justin Killough responded to that location and determined that the mailbox was destroyed by the backhoe. This damage resultedin a $100 fine.Bennett remains incarcerated as of press time


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