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Beloved landscaper says truck was stolen, damaged before being recovered in Gwinnett

A Jackson County landscaper identified for good deeds in the neighborhood is struggling to get again to work after thieves damaged his work truck whereas police say it was used to retailer stolen merchandise.

“This is going to put a big damper on my work,” mentioned Matt Robbins, who runs a one-man landscaping firm known as Better Cuts of Braselton.

We met Robbins last month while he cleaned up a blighted yard that belongs to a girl going through arrest after years of Gwinnett County code violations. Robbins says he’ll usually clear blighted yards throughout the metro and past for households who can’t afford to scrub up weeds which have spiraled uncontrolled.

“I was just raised right my whole life,” he mentioned on the time. “I always paid it forward my entire life.”

Now he says his truck’s window is shattered, gasoline tank tampered with, paint scratched extensively, and there’s additionally harm to the transmission or drivetrain after police recovered the truck in Sugar Hill. He worries that attaching his trailer and panorama gear could harm the truck additional.

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“I’m not able to pull my landscape trailer and stuff so that’s going to put a major impact on my business and my income,” he mentioned.

On Tuesday morning, Robbins realized somebody had stolen his work truck out of his driveway in Jackson County off Davenport Road. He shared a photograph of tire marks in his yard that present how briskly the thief was going when he backed out and drove off with the truck.

“I was shaking all day,” he mentioned. “Nerves completely shot.”

Gwinnett County Police recovered it the identical day at a home on Pass Court in Sugar Hill with stolen garments inside. Police arrested 46-year-old Timothy Burke for theft by receiving however Burke instructed police another person gave him the truck after he mentioned he purchased garments he knew have been doubtless stolen.

Robbins says he is aware of another person was concerned as a result of he discovered almost 700 Mexican pesos together with Brazilian forex in his truck. It’s value about $40 when transformed.

“They hadn’t had a chance to convert this to American money,” he mentioned, holding the cash he discovered in his heart console.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office can be investigating.

Now the person who usually exhibits he has a giant coronary heart is left with a giant restore invoice due to another person’s cruelty.

“It’s very upsetting,” he mentioned. “Doesn’t make me feel safe anymore. A real big burden on my heart.”

He is making an attempt to lift cash on-line to restore his truck so he can get again to work.

You can donate to Robbins’ GoFundMe here.

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