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Two Brooksville men accused of trying to steal aluminum park benches

BROOKSVILLE — A dead-of-night discovery early Wednesday by Hernando County Sheriff's deputies at Bayport Park resulted in the arrest of two Brooksville men who are suspected of trying to steal aluminum park benches.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, Larry Bruce Whitman Jr., 31, and David Wayne Stade, Jr., 23, face charges of grand larceny.

In addition, Whitman was also charged with drug possession. Authorities said that a deputy responding to a noise complaint arrived at the park shortly after 2 a.m. to find Whitman in his pickup truck with dismantled benches stacked in a trailer.

Whitman told deputies that he was hired by another man, who fled the scene, to help with remodeling the park benches.

Stade was later seen walking near the park, and was arrested after questioning. Both were taken to Hernando County Jail.

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