ZEPHYRHILLS — Two men are facing multiple theft and firearms charges after authorities say they stole a pickup, trailer and equipment from a home on Chancey Road. The pickup, it turned out, had three firearms inside.
On Feb. 2, according to deputies, Johnny Lamar Albritton Jr. took a $5,000 trailer and about $3,000 worth of equipment from a shed on Chancey Road. Attaching the trailer to his own vehicle, Albritton, 39, drove off as the owner of the property realized what was happening and chased him, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
Albritton's vehicle broke down and when the victim caught up, Albritton flashed a silver pistol and then fled, deputies said. The vehicle he was driving was later found to be stolen.
At the same time, deputies say, Brian Darrell Salter, 26, took the victim's Nissan Frontier pickup. Salter too fled the scene, taking a Springfield Armory 1911, a Ruger Mark 5 target pistol and a Ruger Redhawk revolver from the truck, deputies say. The pickup was later recovered, but the guns were not.
Albritton and Salter, identified by witnesses, were arrested Friday. Salter, of Wesley Chapel, faces charges of armed burglary, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools, grand theft motor vehicle, grand theft firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He remains jailed in lieu of $180,150 bail.
Albritton, who has no known address, faces charges of fleeing to elude, criminal mischief, breaking a fence, failure to re-register as a sex offender, violation of probation, grand theft motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of a structure, grand theft and grand theft motor vehicle. No bail was set.