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Sheriff, deputies, Bunnell Police officers recover stolen work truck, arrest thief

The suspect also took a company gas card and deposited unauthorized company checks.
by: Melissa Morreale Public Affairs Officer, Flagler County Sheriff's Office

A 30-year-old man was arrested Jan. 20 after stealing a work truck and gas card from his employer.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office received a report Jan. 19 that a work truck had been stolen from a Palm Coast business after employees arrived to work to find a locked file cabinet had been broken into and a company Chevy Silverado was missing.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man, did not show up for work and had deposited multiple unauthorized checks into his bank account from the business. 

Deputies were told that the man sometimes takes a company truck home, but that he'd been notified by an employee that the business’s truck and gas card, which were taken the day prior, were to be returned immediately. The company devoted the truck as stolen when he failed to return it. 

A “Be-On-the-Lookout” was issued to deputies on the truck, which was spotted in the area of U.S. 1 and Belle Terre Boulevard on Jan. 20, traveling northbound.

Deputies used stop sticks on South State Street in Bunnell to disable the truck to avoid a pursuit.

Sheriff Rick Staly was also in the area and joined deputies and Bunnell Police officers in conducting a felony stop. The suspect got out of the truck and was secured without incident.

“This was a great job by all the deputies and agencies involved,” Staly said. “I’m proud of the teamwork that was able to quickly apprehend the suspect and recover the stolen truck. I commend the Real-Time Crime Center who continued to track this vehicle and kept deputies informed of its location. Now it’s time for him to see what the Green Roof Inn has to offer, and hopefully that includes him learning a lesson about stealing from our community.” 

The man is facing charges of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Resisting an Officer Without Violence. Additional charges are pending further investigation.

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