Deputies: Lawn mower thief left Amscot receipt at scene – St. Petersburg Times.
A guy tried to tow another guy’s lawn mower out of his yard . . . ALLEGEDLY.
Only in Pasco County. Well, maybe in Polk County, too, but that would have ended in a shoot out. . .
There are several interesting things about this article. First, the alleged thief “left his calling card” at the scene – an AmScot receipt with his name on it. That’s how they tracked him down.
Second, he immediately cut the mower loose from his car, apologized, and left. The alleged thief thought the mower was “scrap.”
Third, this is Pasco County, which raises the question of whether it is unreasonable to think that a mower left in someone’s front yard is junk or not. I suppose the answer to that depends on how high the unmowed grass in front of the trailer is, and how rusty the mower is (parked next to the pink lawn flamingo and sofa, of course).
Finally, what raises my interest the most is the question of whether taking junk, trash, garbage, or other waste from someone’s lawn is even a crime. If there is no value to the item, can it be “stolen”? Under Florida criminal law, something doesn’t have to have any value to be owned, but it has to have some value in order to be considered stolen.
Think about this the next time you want to go on someone’s property and take that old computer they have laying next to the garbage . . . you may get charged with a crime!
By the way, if he had gotten money at AmScot, why would he need to steal anything, anyway? Only in Pasco County.