By Jason A. Smith
A McDonough man was in the Henry County Jail on Friday, on $50,000 bond, for allegedly stealing a lawnmower from a local Home Depot store.
Mario Xavier Richardson, 37, is charged with burglary. He appeared Friday in Henry County Magistrate Court, represented by the Public Defender's Office. Judge Martin Jones bound the charge over to Henry County Superior Court.
The judge said a previous allegation against Richardson was the reason for setting a high bond in the case.
"The detective on the case indicated that he was out on bond for doing essentially the same thing in Spalding County," Jones said.
The Henry County incident reportedly occurred Thursday morning, outside the Home Depot located at 1750 Jonesboro Road in McDonough, according to a Henry County Police report.
Henry Officer Edith Sutton reported seeing a gray GMC Yukon, during a routine patrol, pulling out of the parking lot at approximately 3:46 a.m., and heading toward Interstate 75.
"Earlier, [another officer] and I had observed this same vehicle pass by our location with an empty trailer," Sutton wrote. "When the truck pulled out of Home Depot, it had what appeared to be a brand-new lawnmower on the trailer. The lawnmower still had sales tags on it visible."
The officers were reportedly following Richardson's vehicle, when a call came in on their police radio reporting a break-in at the Home Depot.
"The witness ... stated that the person(s) involved in the burglary were driving a gray GMC Yukon, pulling a trailer with [a] stolen Toro commercial riding mower on it," Sutton's report states.
Police reportedly stopped Richardson's vehicle on I-75 southbound at Exit 216.
Meanwhile, additional officers talked with the witness at the Home Depot, who called in the alleged burglary.
"He confirmed that the item missing from the Home Depot was a Toro commercial-grade riding lawnmower, identical to the mower that was on the trailer in the possession of Mr. Richardson," Sutton added.
Richardson was arrested, and taken to the Henry County Jail.
Police in the City of Griffin charged Richardson with theft by taking in October, in a case which originated at a Home Depot store at 1435 Ga. Highway 16, on Oct. 10, 2009. Authorities allege he stole a lawnmower from the Griffin store, and left with it on the trailer of his SUV.
Richardson is scheduled to go to trial in the Griffin case June 14, according to records from Spalding County Superior Court.