LENNON POLICE CHIEF RICH FOLARON has located and returned the stolen Lennon Lions mower just in time for the Lennon Homecoming celebration that is taking place this weekend. Folaron had plenty of help in recovering the mower, which was found July 8 in Flushing due to a tip from the Vassar Police Department. Folaron and Lennon officer Keith Hansen followed up and found the mower in Flushing, along with other items that were stolen by the suspect from all over mid-Michigan and even the thumb area. The two Lennon officers spent more than 10 hours sorting and cataloging the items and police departments in Clayton Township, Tuscola County, Linden, and Standish, along with the Michigan State Police in Caro and the Shiawassee County Sheriff Department are helping to find the property owners.
Items found at the Flushing residence include several mowers, snow blowers, generators, a motocross motorcycle, yard decorations, tools, doors, and windows. Unfortunately, the trailer that carried the mower is still missing. It is the property of the Alderman family and is a family heirloom that cannot be replaced. Police believe the suspect is the same person who used a U-Haul truck to steal flowers from Holistic Earth in Davison in early June.
Chief Folaron would like to thank the many police departments and media outlets that have helped in the investigation, and said, “We can’t give the Flushing Police Department enough credit for their help at the scene.” In addition to initially providing two officers to help catalog the stolen property, two detectives were also sent to aid in the investigation, as the agencies are still working to track down property owners.
Many people took an interest in the case, and the Lennon Police Department would like to thank Wade Alderman, Kirt Stechschulte, and Dan Wenzlick for their help in recording and recovering the stolen property. Ken Canfield, the owner of My-Can in Durand, also offered to help cover any remaining deductible, but the mower was found before that was necessary.
Chief Folaron is shown here with many of the items recovered at the Flushing residence on July 8, where officers worked all day to sort and catalog the stolen items in the sweltering heat. The suspect is in custody in Tuscola County. (Courtesy Photo)