2 men arrested after stealing $5,800 worth of plywood, Polk deputies say

More than 100 sheets of stolen plywood found at home of Haines City man , according to investigators

Gustavo Camacho, 33, and Edward Perez, 48 (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

HAINES CITY, Fla. – Two men were arrested Sunday after one stole approximately $5,800 worth of plywood, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they received a tip about Gustavo Camacho, 33, stealing plywood from construction sites and selling it from his home in Haines City.

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Detectives said they found Camacho at his home along with 116 sheets of stolen plywood. Investigators said Camacho initially denied stealing the plywood, claiming he took leftover plywood with permission from construction sites at which he worked.

Deputies said Camacho later went back on his statement, admitting he stole the plywood.

While at Camacho’s home, deputies said they found Edward Perez, 48, trying to leave the area with 40 sheets of plywood he’d bought from Camacho for $10 per sheet.

“When thieves steal from construction companies, it affects us all,” said Sheriff Grady Judd in a statement. “Rest assured, we will do everything in our power to hold these criminals accountable.”

Deputies reported Camacho faces charges for giving false information during an investigation, while both he and Perez face charges for dealing in stolen property.


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