Tuesday, August 30, 2005

We've Been Workin' On The Railroad

Arrest Made For Stolen U.S. Sugar Crossties

LABELLE, FL. (Aug. 30, 2005) -- The Hendry County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Thomas Fralix, age 44, of 3197 North West 20th Terrace Okeechobee, Florida. Sheriff Ronnie Lee said information was received that someone was trying to sell railroad crossties that were owned by the U.S. Sugar Corporation. Sheriff's Investigators initiated an
undercover operation and set up a deal to purchase several crossties.

On August 27, the Undercover Investigator met with Fralix at a location where U.S.Sugar Corporation stored their crossties. Fralix showed the Undercover Investigator the crossties and offered them for sale. Once the transaction was completed, other Sheriff's Investigators, who
were monitoring the conversation, moved in and arrested Fralix. Fralix was charged with Dealing in Stolen Property and placed in the Hendry County Jail. Sheriff Ronnie Lee was formerly the chief investigator for the U.S. Sugar Corp security department before being re-elected as county Sheriff.

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