Jackson firefighter charged in theft

Published 11:30 pm Saturday, October 13, 2007

A Jackson firefighter has been arrested on charges of having and receiving stolen goods.

Lt. Reginald Tillman, an 11-year veteran of the Jackson Fire Department, was arrested Thursday in connection with the theft and sale of 41 lawn mowers, police said.

Tillman was charged with possession of stolen property. He was released Thursday on his own recognizance.

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“We believe he was instrumental in facilitating the thefts and transporting these stolen high-dollar, zero-turn mowers, not only in Jackson but in other jurisdictions,” said Jackson Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeffery Scott.

Scott said the lawn mowers were stolen from Lowe’s in Jackson.

Scott said Tillman not only knew the items were stolen, but that he helped find people willing to purchase them.

Jackson Fire Department spokesman Greg Travis said Tillman, who works at Station 19, is still employed pending a decision by the department’s administration.

If convicted, Tillman faces a fine of up to $10,000 and 10 years in prison.