Equipment theft case looks at deal

By Josh NelsonSpecial to The Wilson Post

Attorneys are working to reach a deal in the case of William Boykin and Joshua Ricketts, both of Lebanon, who are accused of stealing heavy equipment from construction sites in the Gallatin area last year.

Both were present in the courtroom of Sumner County Criminal Court Friday, but their attorneys were unable to hammer out a deal with prosecutors.

Their next scheduled court date is July 23.

Boykin is charged with four counts of theft $10,000-$60,000 and one count of attempted theft $1,000-$10,000, while Ricketts is charged with one count of theft $10,000-$60,000 and one count of attempted theft $1,000-$10,000.

The investigator assigned to the case went through hours of video from the Gallatin’s red light cameras to find the suspect who was moving heavy equipment late at night.

In October of last year, the investigator saw the Ford Excursion in the video at a construction site and heard a piece of heavy equipment running, so he approached the occupants of the vehicle.

“The driver of the Excursion, Mr. William Boykin, consented to a search of his vehicle and located in the center console was (sic) 2 sets of heavy equipment keys,” the investigator wrote in an affidavit filed in Sumner County Criminal Court. “These were the same type, size and color as the key that was found in the (equipment that was running).”

“Mr. Joshua Ricketts was with Mr. Boykin…and Mr. Ricketts was found to have 14 equipment keys in his pocket,” the investigator wrote. “The keys belonged to several different types of equipment.”

In addition, the trailer the two allegedly used to steal the heavy equipment was stolen itself – out of Hendersonville in February 2007.