Two Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives and a captain foiled an attempt by two juveniles to steal Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey’s rider lawnmower while a work crew was using the mower to cut grass in Medart at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, according to WCSO Public Information Officer Keith Blackmar.
A work crew was cutting grass at residential property when they stopped to use blower equipment. The two juveniles, both age 14, stole the mower key while the crew was away from the John Deere equipment.
The crew returned to the mower to find the key missing and left the scene to get another key. In the meantime, the juveniles hopped on the machine and left the property. Captain Bill Poole arrived on scene and followed the juveniles through a wooded area and flushed them into the waiting arms of Detectives Nick Boutwell and Derek Lawhon.
One of the juveniles was caught with the mower key in his pocket. The two juveniles were transported to the Wakulla County Jail and were charged with grand theft in the case. The juveniles were positively identified by witnesses as the individuals on the mower and the mower was recovered in the woods in good condition.
Detectives are also pursuing leads that may connect the juveniles to burglaries that have been committed in the same area.