More Thefts And Burglaries Due To Economy?
LABELLE, FL. -- At 3:07 a.m. Thursday July 10, Ashley and Sons Salvage, located on State Road 29 south of LaBelle, was the victim of an attempted theft. Deputies arrived on the scene and were informed by the owner, Ashley George, that he observed three black males in the process of stealing about $2,500 worth of copper wire. When he confronted the men, two fled the scene on foot.
Mr. George had a gun and ordered the third man to get down on the ground. The man grabbed the gun and succeeded in taking it from Mr. George. He ran toward State Road 29, firing two shots at Mr. George, missing with both shots. Deputies were unable to locate any of the men and set up a perimeter.
Sheriff Ronnie Lee said the Lee County Sheriff�s Office sent two K-9 Deputies and a helicopter to assist with the search. The helicopter is equipped with an instrument capable of locating hot spots on the ground. Shortly after arriving in the area, the pilot located a hot spot near the salvage company.
Deputies yelled for the man to surrender and after receiving no response, a police dog was released Within moments after releasing the dog, Officers heard a man screaming. As it turned out, the dog had bitten the suspect and would not let go until the K-9 Deputy gave command.
Tommy Young, age 42, who gave an address of 12 Warren Street Brentwood, NY. was arrested. Young was charged with Aggravated Assault, Armed Trespassing, Robbery, and Resisting an Officer. Sheriff Lee said due to the working relationship we have with surrounding Law Enforcement Agencies, Young was located and arrested within approximately one hour after committing the crime. The investigation continues with more arrests expected.
Slow Economy Drives Rising Hendry Thefts?
In recent weeks, probably due to the economy, there have been a rash of thefts and burglaries on the west side of Hendry County. In an attempt to combat the increase in property crime, Sheriff Ronnie Lee created a task force to patrol the high crime areas.
The first night of patrol, Deputies arrested a man on a warrant for drug offenses. They also recovered stolen items including a television set, a chain saw, a shop vacuum, a pressure washer, and a stolen vehicle. Another arrest is expected at the conclusion of the investigation into the stolen items. A missing juvenile was also located and returned to his parents.
Sheriff Lee said these Deputies will be patrolling all areas of the county where we have seen an increase in property crime.