LaBelle, Florida (News-Press) -- A Glades County man flying back home from North Carolina caught a man
in the act of stealing a trailer while flying over his home near
LaBelle Sunday, later following the suspect and calling authorities from
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office arrested
Gary Haines, 59, of Virginia after a traffic stop on Interstate 75 by
the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say the
trailer's owner, David Zehntner, was flying over his home in the 2400
block of Loblolly Bay Road when he saw a silver truck in his driveway.
He lowered his altitude to get a closer look and observed a man, later
identified as Haines, looking into the windows of his home and then
attached his red trailer and pull out of his driveway.
followed the truck down State Road 80 toward I-75 in Lee County and
called the Glades County Sheriff's Office from the air. Glades deputies
contacted the Lee County Sheriff's Office which located the truck as it
headed into Charlotte County.
Deputies stopped the truck
on mile marker 153 in Charlotte and detained Haines until Charlotte
County deputies arrived to make the arrest.
was impounded; inside, deputies found a loaded rifle and bullets on the
floorboard. He was arrested for grand theft and taken to the Charlotte
Haines was released Monday morning on $2,500 bond.
Glades County Sheriff's Office detectives continue their investigation into the theft and weapons found in the Haines pickup.