Warrant out for man accused in Greene bridge burglary

By Jim McCabe on April 26 at 4:45am

The case of the mysterious disappearance of a bridge in Greene County may be close to being solved.

Greene County State’s Attorney Caleb Briscoe issued a warrant for the arrest of 46-year-old Matthew Tucker of rural Carrollton yesterday on a charge of theft in connection with the taking of an iron bridge in Kane Township on a county road.

The bridge was initially reported missing earlier this month, according to Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen. State’s attorney documents claim Tucker took the bridge in March.

McMillen says the bridge was found on Tucker’s property in pieces when deputies went to talk to him about a property dispute. He explains that the bridge hadn’t been driven upon in about 25 yeas, but the theft charge is a felony because it’s theft of government property.

Tucker is facing a second theft charge stemming from a search warrant executed at his residence, where police located a roll of field drainage tile that had been reported stolen earlier this month from a farmer who owns ground near Tucker’s residence.

The sheriff’s office is also seeking charges through the state’s attorney against Tucker for driving with a revoked license, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine stemming from an incident last Sunday in the overnight hours.

McMillen says he attempted to pull Tucker over on a traffic stop at around 12:30 a-m on Route 67, but Tucker drove for about three miles, then allegedly abandoned his truck and ran into a wooded area.

McMillen says a quantity of methamphetamine and meth-related equipment and products were located in the truck.

Police say Tucker remains at large and is currently being sought on the warrants.