Two vehicle thefts, a fire and a pursuit in Rutherford County

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Deputy A.J. Ross watches as Rutherford County Fire and Rescue firefighters extinguish a fire that engulfed a stolen Ford 450 truck Thursday at Burks Hollow Road.

Deputies located two suspects who went on a crime spree by stealing two vehicles, leading a sergeant on a pursuit and burning a truck Thursday morning, Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies said.

Suspect Bradley Tidwell, 18, of Factory Road, was charged with theft of a 1999 Ford Expedition valued at $4,000 and a 2006 Ford F450 truck valued at $18,000. He was also charged with arson of the truck and resisting arrest.

Detective Jason Dowdle charged a 15-year-old boy with theft, arson of personal property and evading arrest.

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Deputies A.J. Ross and Jack Dement responded about 7 a.m. to victim Marvin Weist's home on East Compton Road who reported someone stole his Ford Expedition from his home.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Lee Young arrived at 7:50 a.m. to Jacobs Hollow Road where drivers of two vehicles were cutting donuts in an open field. Sgt. Young spotted the driver of the stolen Ford Expedition and asked him to stop but the driver crossed two fields, crashed into a tree and fled.

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Deputies Ross and Dement were called at 8:12 a.m. to a vehicle fire at Burks Hollow Road where they found the Ford F450 truck on fire about 600 yards off the roadway.

Firefighters from Rutherford County Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire.

After the fire was extinguished, the deputies located information determining the truck was stolen about 3:47 a.m. from Scott Graby Jr. of Miller Road. A witness helped the deputies identify Tidwell as a suspect.

Sgt. Shawn Applegate and other deputies located Tidwell early in the afternoon hiding inside the Outpost Armory on Miller Lane in Christiana and the juvenile at his home. The suspects were taken to the Sheriff's Office where Sgt. Young, Sgt. Jon Levi and Detective Dowdle questioned and charged them.

Tidwell is being held at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $20,000 bond. A hearing is set Feb. 10 in General Sessions Court. The juvenile is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.

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