Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

Two arrested in thefts of trailers and mowers

BROOKSVILLE — Two Brooksville men have been arrested after one of them admitted to stealing riding lawn mowers and utility trailers that investigators found at a business owned by the other man, authorities said.

Thomas Vincent Young, 48, told investigators he targeted Lowe's for utility trailers and Sears for three riding lawn mowers in late January and early February, the Hernando Sheriff's Office announced Thursday. Young also gave detectives information about what he did with the mowers and trailers, worth about $14,000.

That led to the arrest of Paul Albert Clark, 59, of Brooksville after detectives found the stolen mowers and trailers at his business, Paul Clark Enterprises on Cortez Boulevard, west of Brooksville.

Clark did not admit involvement, but told investigators he suspected the items were stolen, the Sheriff's Office said.

Young was arrested Feb. 10 and charged with six counts of grand theft and one count of dealing in stolen property. He remained in the Hernando County Detention Center on Wednesday in lieu of $10,000 bail, records show.

Clark was arrested Feb. 13 on one count of dealing in stolen property. He was released later that day after posting $5,000 bail.

All of the mowers and trailers were returned to the stores.

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