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Man Arrested, Stolen Property in Tow


On 5/2/17, 67 year old Harrel Free was arrested on Short Circle after he was found to be in possession of stolen property. On 4/21/17, the victim reported to FCSO a trailer with mowers had been stolen from an address on Homestead Road sometime during the evening hours of 4/20/17.  The victim spotted the stolen trailer and followed it to an address on Short Circle, where deputies made contact with the alleged suspect. 


Mr. Free has been charged with Theft by Receiving, and is out of jail on a $2500 bond.  Free will appear in court on 5/22/17.


Sheriff Tim Ryals reminds citizens to take precautions regarding personal property.  Outdoor lighting and security cameras can certainly help deter/identify criminal activity on your property. Don’t tempt a thief.   Lawn mowers, bicycles, trailers, BBQ grills, 4-wheelers, etc. are best to be stored out of sight from the road. 


Here’s a list of other considerations:


  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
  • Consider installing a burglary alarm.
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