Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Burglary Suspects Nabbed Dragging Cash Register

LABELLE, FLORIDA (June 5, 2006) -- As Deputies were responding to a
Burglary Alarm call from the Hall Street Florist and Collectibles at
70 Hall Street at approximately 3:07am on June 2, 2006 they noticed a
light blue in color Mercury run the stop street at Hall Street and
State Road 80. Inasmuch as the vehicle was hastily leaving the area
of a possible burglary, Deputies followed the vehicle south on
Martin Luther King Boulevard where the vehicle without regard to
possible oncoming traffic ran through the stop sign at Cowboy Way and
proceeded southbound on Barbara Street. The fleeing vehicle attempted
to turn to the west onto Mary Street and slid into the ditch where
the passenger exited and fled on foot.

The driver of the vehicle, 56 year old Leotis Chris Troutman of 320
Martin Luther King Boulevard LaBelle, Florida was attempting to exit
the vehicle while holding a cash register. Deputy Perry Short
instructed the driver to stop and show his hands which he refused to
do and began resisting. Sheriff Ronnie Lee stated that Troutman was
charged with; Fleeing/Eluding Police with Disregard to Safety of
Persons or Property, Burglary of Structure Conveyance, Possession of
Burglary Tools With Intent To Use, Petit Larceny, and Resisting
Officer W/O Violence. Troutman was booked into the Hendry County Jail
with bond set at $22,500.00 Investigators discovered that the
fleeing passenger and accomplice to the Burglary at the Hall Street
Florist was Nathan Yelling, age 27 of 4047 East Sunflower Circle Port
LaBelle . Yelling has been arrested with bond set at $68,000.00.

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