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Suspected Florida thief calls his victim to redeem his equipment


A New Smyrna Beach man has taken matters into his own hands in an attempt to recover his stolen tools. He offered a small reward to anyone in town who could help him. He eventually got that help, along with his belongings, from the thief himself. “I always watch the area where I live, as you can imagine. I’m a local. I don’t want anyone here more than anyone else stealing things,” said Ryan Stephens . Stephens was working on his bike Monday night. Before going to bed, he put his things in a toolbox and left them in the parking lot. from his house. But the next morning, he got a surprise. “I opened my door to go to work and my stuff was gone,” Stephens said. Stuff worth a thousand dollars was hard to put down. He remembered seeing someone suspicious walking around the neighborhood before his things left. “I had an idea who it might be, but I needed to know exactly who it was,” Stephens said. He called the New Smyrna Beach police and filed a report. of – if it was here, my son is sleeping on the other side of the wall,” Stephens said. “I assumed my stuff wasn’t going to reappear, so I went out and talked to people.” He gave out his number and even offered a small reward to anyone who knew what happened. Someone called later that night. “My phone rang and the guy said $500 cash buys you all your parts and gear. And I said ‘where do you want to meet?’ And he said Harley Davidson dealership,” Stephens said. When Ryan came to try and get his stuff back, he said officers were hiding behind a business waiting for the suspect to show up. And he said ‘yes.’ And I said, ‘Where’s my stuff?’ Stephens said. ‘I think he realized he was sort of arrested. He lowered his head, and he took off on his bicycle, and the police chased him.” When the police caught the suspect, they arrested him. “Fortunately, no one was injured. I got all my things back. It was his mistake, so he has to pay the price now,” Stephens said. The suspect, Leonard Annarino, faces multiple charges, including grand larceny and trafficking in stolen property.

A New Smyrna Beach man has taken matters into his own hands in an attempt to recover his stolen tools. He offered a small reward to anyone in town who could help.

He eventually got that help, along with his belongings from the alleged thief himself.

“I always watch the area where I live, as you can imagine. I’m a local. I don’t want anyone here more than anyone stealing things,” Ryan Stephens said.

Stephens was working on his bike Monday night.

Before going to bed, he packed his things in a toolbox and left them in the parking lot of his house.

But the next morning, he got a surprise.

“I opened my door to go to work and my stuff was gone,” Stephens said.

Stuff worth a thousand dollars was hard to put down. He remembered seeing someone suspicious walking around the neighborhood before his things left.

“I had an idea who it might be, but I needed to know exactly who it was,” Stephens said.

He called the New Smyrna Beach police and filed a report.

“The scariest part of it all is where they stole it from – if it was here, my son is sleeping on the other side of the wall,” Stephens said. “I assumed my stuff wouldn’t reappear, so I went out and talked to people.”

He gave out his number and even offered a small reward to anyone who knew what happened.

Someone called later that night.

“My phone rang and the guy said $500 cash would buy you all your parts and gear. And I said ‘where do you want to meet us?’ And he said Harley Davidson dealership,” Stephens said.

When Ryan came to try to retrieve his belongings, he said officers were hiding behind a business waiting for the suspect to show up.

“We just said, ‘hey, are you here to talk to us?’ And he said ‘yes.’ And I said, ‘Where’s my stuff?’ Stephens said. ‘I think he realized he was sort of arrested. He lowered his head, and he left on his bike and the police chased him.”

When the police caught the suspect, they arrested him.

“Luckily no one was hurt. I got all my stuff back. It was his mistake so he has to pay the price now,” Stephens said.

The suspect, Leonard Annarino, faces multiple charges, including grand theft and resale of stolen property.

Cnn

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