The suspect offered to swap a boat for the Gator and when he delivered the boat and picked up the Gator, the victim thought something was strange about the deal and notified the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Knight said.
Knight said the TWRA determined the boat was stolen and Knight executed two search warrants at Nicholsons Wildview Drive residence and recovered the Gator. Also, Davidson County Sheriffs Deputies arrested Jason Nicholson on Drummond Drive in Davidson County.
Knight said the Davidson Sheriffs Department recovered tens of thousands of dollars worth of property and are still trying to identify the proper owners.
Dustin Nicholson is charged with Theft of Property over $1,000 for the stolen Gator and Theft of Property over $10,000 for the boat, which Knight said was stolen in Davidson County, but brought into Wilson County.
Hell probably be facing additional charges in Davidson County, Knight said.
Dustin Nicholson is being held on $50,000 bond and is to appear in court Thursday morning.
Persons who believe they may have been victims of this stolen property scheme can call 862-7612.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.