HUDSON — Three days after the SWAT team busted into a Moon Lake home in search of Aaron Lynn Vineyard, deputies caught up with him at a friend's home in Beacon Woods East.
Vineyard, 36, was wanted in connection with a 12-man crime ring, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
One man told deputies he stole a flat-screen TV, a .45 caliber Ruger handgun, a shotgun and a PlayStation 3 and sold the items to Vineyard last month in exchange for cash and methamphetamine.
Vineyard also pawned a gold necklace worth more than $300 that he said he found in a gas station parking lot. Detectives said the jewelry had been stolen.
On Feb. 5, a SWAT team kicked in the door of Vineyard's grandparents' home at 9808 Sholtz St. in Moon Lake. They spent hours looking for Vineyard and the stolen guns and other loot, but didn't find anything.
The grandparents, Carl and Juanita Stark, both in their 70s and in fragile health, said the SWAT team destroyed their belongings in the process and should have focused instead on the mobile home next door, where Vineyard actually lived.
Another witness later told deputies that Vineyard "bragged about the SWAT team having 'hit' " the home, and explained it was because "he purchased a bunch of 'stolen property,' " a sheriff's report said.
On Friday evening, deputies found Vineyard at a friend's home at 8309 Reynolds Drive in Hudson. He had been sleeping on the couch, and inside his black bag deputies found a small digital scale with residual traces of methamphetamine.
Vineyard was arrested on charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and possession of drugs and paraphernalia. He remained Tuesday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $14,150 bail.
Deputies said Vineyard was the former president of a local Aryan Brotherhood chapter with a long history of arrests. This wasn't his first stint on the run: More than a decade ago he spent eight months living under the radar, fearing for his life, after witnessing a murder. He later told jurors he saw Stephen Allen Anderson beat Steven "Crash" Manning with a log and slit his throat in some woods off Hays Road.
Authorities never determined the motive.