Timothy R. Lawson bought a used police car at auction, deputies said, to help him steal copper wire. He and William E. Glennon were arrested Sunday in the Trillium development on County Line Road east of the Suncoast Parkway.
Deputy Philip Lakin spotted Lawson walking out of a house with a few spools of copper wire, worth some $200. When he followed Lawson to his car, the deputy saw the back seat full of spools. The car was a white, 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, complete with a driver's-side searchlight and a Coast Guard license plate to make it look official, the deputy reported.
Deputies quoted Lawson as saying, "Cops won't mess with me in this car."
Lawson, 36, of Inverness was charged with grand theft from a construction site, burglary of a structure, and possession of burglary tools. Glennon, 26, of Ocala, who was driving the car, was charged with principal to burglary and grand theft from a construction site. Deputy Donna L. Black, the Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said Hernando is coordinating with law enforcement in Marion and Citrus counties to determine whether the duo had hit construction sites there.
Man accused of stealing oven, dishwasher
SPRING HILL - Steven W. Long was arrested Sunday and accused of stealing an oven and dishwasher from an unoccupied house.
A witness saw Long, 29, walk up to the house at 12060 Villa Road and remove a screen from the rear window, according to a Sheriff's Office report. A few hours later a pickup pulled up to haul away the appliances. The witness then saw the truck pull into the driveway at 4274 Candler Ave., a block away. When a deputy showed up, he saw the two appliances loaded in the back of the pickup.
He spoke to Patricia O'Connor, 24, who said the truck belonged to her ex-boyfriend, Steven Long. She said he wasn't around and that the oven belonged to her mother. She said she didn't know there was a dishwasher. Later, she recanted all that, the report stated.
Long was found hiding in the attic and charged with residential burglary. He was held at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail. O'Connor was arrested and charged with resisting a law enforcement officer by obstruction. Another man, Ronald E. Cadle, was found hiding in a closet. He told the deputy that Long had left and then changed his story. He was arrested as an accessory to theft after the fact and taken to the Hernando jail, where he was held in lieu of $1,000 bail.