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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Smokay, Elizabeth

News Date: 10/26/2007 

 Deputies Arrest Two in Gas Theft 

Polk Sheriff’s deputies arrested Octavio Garcia (D.O.B. 5-23-80) and Jose Guerra (D.O.B. 2-09-82) on October 26, 2007 for the theft of approximately 624 gallons of diesel fuel from the Kangaroo Store located at 45489 U.S. Highway 27 near I-4. Garcia and Guerra are being booked into the Polk County Jail this afternoon on one count each of felony grand theft. The stolen gas was  valued at approximately $1,937.00. On October 15, 2007, the two parked Guerra’s red, ’98 Dodge truck and enclosed trailer over the main diesel fuel tank at the Kangaroo Store. While Garcia stood outside the truck, Guerra, who was inside the trailer, opened the main tank, put a hose into it and pumped approximately 624 gallons through the bottom of the trailer into the large tanks inside the trailer. Sheriff’s deputy Scott Stephens responded to the Kangaroo store after the theft of gas was reported on October 19th. While taking the report at the store, Stephens observed an Orlando Sentinel paper in a newspaper rack near the front door with a front-page article about two males arrested for stealing large quantities of gas in Sanford. The article stated a red truck and trailer was seized when the two suspects were apprehended on October 18th in the act of stealing fuel from The Pantry, Inc. in Sanford. After reviewing the Kangaroo Store surveillance footage, detectives discovered the truck and trailer seized by Orange County deputies were the same used three days before at the Kangaroo Store in Polk County. An arrest warrant was issued, and the two suspects were arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail without incident. Surveillance footage from the Kangaroo Store will be available to the media on the PCSO ftpsite.





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