GEORGIA – A Georgia man has been charged with dealing in stolen property and two more are facing charges for equipment that was stolen during Hurricane Irma.

When impending weather from Hurricane Irma caused a company to evacuate a job site on Highway 77, they left behind a 2003 equipment trailer loaded with a 2010 Kubota excavator.

When workers returned to the site to resume working, employees of the company noticed that the trailer and excavator had been removed from the location.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) received a report of the stolen property and began an investigation that has led to the recovery of the equipment.

During the investigation WCSO received information that the trailer was found in Blountstown, however, the excavator was not located.

Blountstown Police Department joined WCSO investigators in searching for the excavator and the suspects responsible for the theft.

After numerous interviews, it was determined the excavator had been transported to Sharpsburg, Georgia, where it was sold.

WCSO investigators and the Blountstown Police Department, contacted the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia, to advise them that a residence in their county was believed to be housing the stolen property.

Coweta County Sheriff’s investigators responded to the residence, locating the stolen excavator along with numerous other stolen pieces of equipment.

Billy S. Edwards, who is a native of Blountstown but currently residing in Sharpsburg, Georgia, was taken into custody by Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and has been charged with dealing in stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.

Joshua Savell, 30, of Clarksville, Florida, and Ellis Summerlin Jr, 33, of Blountstown, will also face charges for dealing in stolen property and theft due to the involvement of each man in the case.

“We are grateful for the assistance of the Blountstown Police Department in this case, “ said Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews. “By pulling together in this investigation we were able to recover the equipment and identify those responsible for the thefts, which in turn, led to other stolen property being located.”

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing tips@wcso.us.