SPRING HILL — Several lawn maintenance men were clipped Thursday by two bandits who allegedly stole several pieces of equipment from them as they worked on properties.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave this report: Benedict Ravella, 39, of 8071 Rhanbuoy Road, Brooksville, and a co-defendant who was not identified first targeted a lawn care operator working at the Forest Oaks Plaza Thursday morning.
The accomplice jumped out of the pair's vehicle, ran over to the victim's trailer and stole a Stihl backpack leaf blower. The pair later sold the $500 blower at AA Pawn Coin and Jewelry in Hudson for $80, splitting the money.
About 1:30 p.m., the same pair drove up to a lawn maintenance man working on Garrison Street in Spring Hill and stole a Husqvarna backpack blower. The pair sold the $350 blower for $125. It was later recovered at R&R Trailers in Hudson.
About 3:35 p.m., the report continues, the pair stopped near a lawn maintenance trailer on Cobblestone Drive in Spring Hill and stole an Echo weed eater and an Echo edger. The equipment, worth a total of $600, was pawned for $125. The pieces also were later found at R&R Trailers in Hudson.
At around 4 p.m., the report states, the pair stopped near a trailer on Coronado Drive in Spring Hill, where they allegedly took a Shindaiwa backpack blower from a trailer. Records indicate they sold the $460 machine at Gold-N-Pawnd in Spring Hill for $90.
Ravella was arrested on numerous charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and defrauding a pawn broker. He was being held at the Hernando County jail on bail of at least $9,000.