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Portageville man accused of stealing irrigation equipment

NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Portageville, Missouri man has been arrested in connection with stolen irrigation equipment.

Paul Shumate was arrested on an active warrant. He is currently being held in the Pemiscot County Jail for an outstanding warrant. Deputies say additional warrants are expected to be issued.

On Aug. 12, New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens received a tip about a suspicious person possibly stealing from irrigation equipment. A deputy was sent to the area to investigate.

According to the officer, an older model Chevrolet pick-up going west on County Road 312 in New Madrid County. Before he could catch up to the truck, it turned into a home on County Road 315.

The officer talked to the driver and identified him as Shumate.

According to the officer, he saw several batteries in the back of the truck, along with several gas cans. He took Shumate's information and asked about the batteries. He said Shumate told him he worked for a farmer and was changing the batteries out on power units.

As the officer was leaving the area, he learned from dispatch that Shumate had an active warrant for his arrest.

When the officer returned to the home to arrest Shumate, the owner of the home met him and said he had no idea who Shumate was or why he was at his house.

Shumate was then arrested on the warrant.

During the investigation, the officer learned the batteries in the truck were allegedly stolen from several irrigation units within the county. He also learned that Shumate had allegedly stolen a riding lawn mower and hit it in a cotton field near where it was stolen from.

Deputies have identified several victims in the area and continue to try and determine the owners of the remaining batteries.

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