Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Arrests In Hendry ATM Thefts

Four Men Arrested In LaBelle ATM Thefts

LABELLE, FL. --   According to Hendry County Sheriff Ronnie Lee, on December 28th Investigator Robert Archer located a stolen truck on Old Muse Road in Glades county that allegedly was involved in the theft of several bank automatic teller machines in Hendry county and other nearby Florida counties.  

Sean Thomas Abbott allegedly was the driver of the truck involved, and another suspect, Jose Angel Lopez, were arrested and charged with auto theft. 

As Deputies continued the investigation into the theft of several automatic teller machines, they obtained enough evidence to charge Angel Lopez and Juan J. Diaz with the theft of an ATM from the La Mexicana store located south of LaBelle on State Road 29.  Lopez and Diaz were also charged with criminal mischief for the damage to the store when the AMT was stolen. 

During the past few weeks several automatic teller machines have been stolen in Hendry and adjoining counties.  A truck was stolen from the Kiwanis in LaBelle on December 27th and allegedly used in the theft of one or more automatic teller machines.

Sheriff Ronnie Lee praised the Hendry county investigators and deputies for "an outstanding job on this investigation" and said more arrests are forthcoming. 

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