Blythe man charged in farm equipment thefts makes first court appearance

A Blythe man arrested for having $56,000 in stolen construction or farming equipment from Burke County made his first court appearance Tuesday in Richmond County Magistrate Court.

Corey A. Whisnant, 30, asked Presiding Judge H. Scott Allen to reduce his $11,000 bond for two counts of theft by receiving stolen property. His family depended on him financially and he needed to make bond in Richmond County so he could then go to Burke County to seek bond, Whisnant said.

Allen declined to reduce bond but told Whisnant he would not increase the bond amount as he had considered doing before court.

Whisnant was arrested Thursday after sheriff deputies allegedly found stolen construction or farm equipment such as a Bobcat, John Deer mower and utility tractor owned by Jacobs Land Management in Burke County, according to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle.

In Burke County Whisnant faces five counts of theft.