Former Winston-Salem police officer charged with stealing three tractors

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Matthew Jordan Riggan, 26, of Mount Airy

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — A former Winston-Salem police officer is accused of stealing three farm tractors in Stokes County.

Matthew Jordan Riggan, 26, of Mount Airy, was arrested Dec. 28 and charged with three counts each of felony larceny and possession of stolen property.

A Surry County Sheriff’s Office Detective said all the tractors were reported stolen in late December. The total value of the tractors was estimated at about $70,000.

In one case, he allegedly had made a key for a tractor. When he couldn’t get it to run, he allegedly called a wrecker service to tow it to his home.

The suspect admitted to stealing the tractors, but gave several different reasons why, according to a detective.

One was that he was simply being mischievous, another was that he wanted to see if he could get away with it and the last was that he needed money to buy a plot of land next to his grandfather’s.

Riggan graduated from the Winston-Salem Police Department’s police academy in September. An official with the department said he is no longer an employee there.

Riggan was released from jail after posting a $125,000 secured bond. He appeared in court on Wednesday and has his next appearance later this year.

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