NEW MADRID CO., MO (KAIT) - - New Madrid County sheriff's deputies arrested a man for burning a tractor to the ground.
According to a release from the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to the Little River Bridge on County Road 315 for a burnt tractor on May 8.
The tractor was destroyed by the fire and still smoldering.
A cultivator attached to the tractor was also damaged in the fire.
Deputies didn't know who owned the tractor at that time.
On May 9, an investigator with the sheriff's department responded to the scene again to meet with a local farmer who said he owned the tractor.
The owner said the tractor was a 2014 Case 260 CTV Magnum that was valued at approximately $225,000.
He also said a tool box and miscellaneous tools were missing.
During the investigation, deputies learned that Larry A. Lyons was recently fired by the farmer and was mad, according to the report.
On May 11, investigators interviewed Lyons and he denied any involvement in the fire.
After further investigation by the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, the New Madrid Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, more information was found that implicated Lyons in the arson.
Investigators interviewed Lyons again on May 12.
When told about the new information, Lyons admitted to burning the tractor.
He said he tried to catch the tractor on fire May 6 by setting the owner's manual on fire and laying it on the seat.
Lyons said he drove back by the tractor on May 7 and noticed there was not much damage.
He then placed a rag in the tractor's air filter and set it on fire.
He also admitted taking the tool box and other tools from the tractor before burning it.
On May 13, New Madrid County Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Lawson charged Lyons with felonies for tampering with a motor vehicle, knowingly burning or exploding, and first-degree damage.
His bond was set at $40,000.
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