LaBelle, Florida (News-Press) -- A Glades County man flying back home from North Carolina caught a manin the act of stealing a trailer while flying over his home nearLaBelle Sunday, later following the suspect and calling authorities fromthe air.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office arrestedGary Haines, 59, of Virginia after a traffic stop on Interstate 75 bythe Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say thetrailer's owner, David Zehntner, was flying over his home in the 2400block 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, lateridentified as Haines, looking into the windows of his home and thenattached his red trailer and pull out of his driveway.
Zehntnerfollowed the truck down State Road 80 toward I-75 in Lee County andcalled the Glades County Sheriff's Office from the air. Glades deputiescontacted the Lee County Sheriff's Office which located the truck as itheaded into Charlotte County.
Deputies stopped the truckon mile marker 153 in Charlotte and detained Haines until CharlotteCounty deputies arrived to make the arrest.
Haines' pickupwas impounded; inside, deputies found a loaded rifle and bullets on thefloorboard. He was arrested for grand theft and taken to the CharlotteCounty Jail.
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.