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Deputies: Man breaks into home, tries to sell stolen items to victim

A Branford man faces a long list of charges after deputies say he burglarized a home, then...
A Branford man faces a long list of charges after deputies say he burglarized a home, then tried to sell some of the stolen items to the victim’s father.(Suwannee County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 1:19 PM EDT
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SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - A Branford man faces a long list of charges after deputies say he burglarized a home, then tried to sell some of the stolen items to the victim.

Investigators say 38-year-old Sean Martin broke into the home Tuesday, stealing a generator, tools, guns and chainsaws.

Suwannee County deputies say the next day, Martin tried to sell one of the chainsaws for $100, not knowing the buyer was the homeowner’s father.

The victim’s father offered $20 for the chainsaw, then asked Martin to meet his son later in the day for the other $80, after they had a chance to test the chainsaw. The man also contacted the sheriff’s office.

Deputies say Martin met with the homeowner later that day, not knowing he was face to face with the man whose home he’d burglarized. Martin accepted the remaining $80 for the chainsaw, and also sold the victim one of the guns Martin had stolen from him, according to investigators.

That’s when sheriff’s deputies moved in to make the arrest.

Martin faces charges including burglary while armed, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also is charged with drug offenses after deputies say they found meth during a search of his home.

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