Tallahassee, FL - A Crawfordville man is accused of stealing more than $350,000 worth of 'Coach' products.
Tallahassee police arrested Gabriel Blandon, 31, of Crawfordville after midnight on Saturday Dec. 15. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office had reported a stolen semi tractor trailer. According to the probable cause report, the vehicle was equipped with a GPS device and had transmitted a different location than had been expected.
A TPD officer spotted the vehicle driving on South Monroe Street. A high-risk traffic stop was conducted on the semi tractor trailer.
"We actually draw our weapons and point them at the vehicle, tell the driver of the car that they are being detained," explained officer Dave Northway of the TPD.
Once officers detained Blandon, they received permission from the trailer owner to open the trailer to check the contents. Once they opened it, the trailer contained more than 900 'Coach' designer products valued at more than $350,000. The cargo appeared to be untouched.
The semi tractor's passenger side window was broken out which could provide access to the door lock mechanism. TPD says the ignition device of the vehicle had been disconnected and rewired to a secondary ignition. According to the report, this allowed the defendant to by pass the vehicles ignition with his own pre-keyed device.
Blandon faces charges of grand theft in the first degree of more than $100,000, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance unarmed and vehicular grand theft in the third degree.