A man arrested for stealing at least two bikes, two barbecues and two lawnmowers was back up to his old tricks just a couple of hours after being released, police say, when they nabbed the same man with even more freshly stolen lawnmowers and barbecues.
The thefts all took place in and around the 26th Street and Willowdale Crescent.
Police say there has been a lot of complaints over the past few weeks that lawnmowers, bicycles and barbecues have been stolen from backyards in that area.
They got a break in the rash of thefts when someone called in an in-progress theft at about 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday. The caller said a man was stealing a lawnmower from the Elviss Crescent area, and officers were able to track down a 26-year-old Brandon man whom they identified as the thief.
Under interrogation, they say the man admitted to five separate thefts, including two adult bicycles, two barbecues, a motorized mini bike, a wagon and two lawn mowers. Police were able to recover all the stolen property.
At about the 4 a.m. on Thursday, when they finished the paperwork, officers released the man with a court date of July 31, where he is to face five counts of theft under $5,000.
Just a couple of hours later, though, at about 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, police got another call about a man stealing lawnmowers and barbecues, this time from the back lane of Acadia Boulevard.
When officers responded, a witness was able to point out the suspect — but they may have recognized him anyway: it was the same man they'd just released.
Officers quickly tracked down two more stolen barbecues and lawnmowers near Willowdale Crescent, where the suspect had stored the stolen property earlier.
This time, he was held in jail, and was to appear in court on Thursday to face two new charges of theft under $5,000, as well as two counts of breaching an undertaking.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 6, 2014