A Tennessee man allegedly stole a $13,000 tractor in Somerset and then brought it back the next day after police posted video of the theft on Facebook, but the return didn't get him out of hot water.
On Wednesday, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office charged Derek L. Cross, 35, of Winfield with stealing the tractor.
The case started Monday about 10 p.m., when someone stole a Mahindra 2816 tractor and attached bush hog from the Southern Oaks Funeral Home.
A security camera at the funeral home recorded video of the theft. The sheriff's office posted the video on Facebook and released it to media outlets Tuesday.
Sometime during the night Tuesday, the thief brought the tractor back to the funeral home undamaged, according to a news release.
The sheriff's office received several tips about the identity of the person in the video, which led investigators to interview Cross. He confessed, according to a news release.
Cross said he had seen the tractor while passing the funeral home on his way back to Tennessee from the giant U.S. 127 yard sale, said Lt. Detective Brett Whitaker.
Cross admitted he went home and got a trailer, and stole a key from a dealership to fit the tractor at the funeral home so he could start it and load it, Whitaker said.
Cross said he decided to return the tractor because he and his family had seen the video of the theft on Facebook, according to a news release.
"The heat got too much for him," Whitaker said.
Police believe Cross acted alone in the theft.
He was being held Wednesday in the Pulaski County Detention Center. No bond had been set.