DeLAND, Fla. – Deputies arrested a man after an investigation found that he was in possession of more than $120,000 worth of stolen lawn equipment.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested Rodric Fagiole, 36, on charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property.
Deputies said they responded to a report of a theft Sunday at Robinson Tractor Service on Spring Garden Avenue near DeLand. They found the chain on the gate cut and a broken window in an office door and determined that keys had been stolen to gain access to other areas of the business.
A $47,000 Dodge Ram flatbed truck, five John Deere riding lawn mowers, 10 weed eaters, an edger, a hedge trimmer, a blower, a chainsaw, a plasma cutter and various other items were stolen, deputies said.
Authorities said other equipment was stolen from another person's trailer located at the back of the property. In all, the stolen items totaled more than $122,000 in value.
Deputies on Monday found the stolen Ram truck left parked behind the Daytona Nut and Bolt store on North Woodland Boulevard.
Deputies interviewed a man on Wednesday who had recently purchased a John Deere riding lawn mower from a man whom he said he had just met. The buyer heard about the recent thefts and contacted the Sheriff's Office, deputies said.
Authorities said deputies interviewed another man on Thursday who purchased three weed whackers and other items, all of which had been stolen.
Investigators got Fagiole's phone number and set up a meeting to buy a John Deere mover.
Fagiole showed up, made a deal with the undercover officers and was taken into custody. He was taken to the Sheriff's Office, where he admitted that he knew the mower was stolen.
The investigation continues. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 386-943-7866.