Wednesday, July 28, 2004

LaBelle Man Arrested In Truck Theft

On Monday, July 26, 2004, Investigators of the Hendry County Sheriffs
Office arrested 35 year old, Earvile Wayne Miller of 1104 Apache Ave.,
LaBelle, Florida, on charges of Dealing in Stolen Property.

On Monday morning, July 26, 2004, sheriffs deputies were notified by
Vernon Magruda, owner of Magruda Trucking Company, of Fort Myers, that he
had received information that one of his semi tractor/trailers was possibly
at 5163 Highway 80 and was being stripped. Upon the arrival of deputies
and agriculture investigators a blue in color International semi-tractor
with a flatbed Great Dane trailer was found.

Deputies met with Earvile Wayne Miller and questioned him about the
vehicle. Miller stated that he was the driver and operator of the
equipment. Deputies then contacted Magruda who confirmed that this was
true, however, Miller had not been to work in over 3 weeks and that he had
been attempting to recover both items and had been unsuccessful.

Further investigation by deputies revealed that several components valued
at approximately $25,000.00 had been removed from the truck and trailer and
replaced with older components of lesser value.

Miller was arrested and transported to the Hendry County jail on charges of
Dealing in Stolen Property. Miller is currently being held on a $25,000.00

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