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Pasco Sheriff's Office unearths lawn equipment theft scheme

Just after midnight Sunday, Sheriff Bob White saw two trucks hauling lawn trailers with equipment out of woods at the east end of Town Avenue, heading north on Starkey Boulevard. When deputies arrived, one truck drove off the road and got stuck in the dirt. The 24-year-old driver ran away and got into another car, driven by a 20-year-old.

After a chase in the car and on foot with Sheriff's Office search dogs, deputies caught both young men and took them into custody near Starkey Boulevard and Wilderness Park.

Deputies determined that one truck and lawn trailer were stolen from somewhere near Leo Kidd Avenue, and the other, which had been abandoned with another lawn trailer on Decubellis Road, was stolen from a business on Industrial Drive. When deputies searched the woods near where the suspects were first spotted, they found three more stolen trucks and a lawn trailer taken from a business off Merchant Way, deputies said.

Names and arrest information for the two suspects have not been released. An investigation continues.

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Pasco Sheriff's Office unearths lawn equipment theft scheme 07/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 27, 2009 10:24am]
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