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Waterloo man used riding mower as getaway vehicle in two crimes

WATERLOO – A Waterloo man used a riding mower as a getaway vehicle after breaking into a garage, according to police.

Officers obtained a surveillance video showing James Howard Harrington holding the loot from the Independence Avenue garage while struggling to keep the John Deere mower on course as he headed home around 4 a.m. on March 13, according to court records.

Police said the stolen items can be seen in the video.

That same night, Harrington also allegedly took a $43 bottle of Absolut Vodka from the YesWay convenience store at 1976 Franklin St., police said. He then rode off on the mower, records state.

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Court records indicate Harrington’s driver’s license is barred until November 2024.

Officers arrested Harrington, 54, of 1321 Calhoun St., on Tuesday for third-degree burglary, fifth-degree theft and driving while barred. Bond was set at $7,500.

Harrington is also awaiting trial for a June 2020 incident where he is accused of taking $112 in cash from Vets Truck Wash on North Elk Run Road and driving off in a 2005 Dodge Caravan, according to court records.


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