New Smyrna Beach, Florida. A new Smyrna Beach man is relieved after police help him recover his $1,000-plus toolbox.
Ryan Stevens said he first noticed his toolbox had disappeared from his yard when he was on his way to work. Inside the box, there were several tools that he uses for his motorcycle.
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News 6 has received reports from the New Smyrna Beach Police Department detailing what happened after Stephens reported it to officers.
Police said Stephens tried to find the items himself by swiping his phone number. Stephens asked several people to call him if they found his equipment.
“That evening, I got a phone call from someone who said, ‘You’ve got your gear.’ I have your gas tank, your tool box and all the tools, but I want $500 to get things right,” Stephens said.
Stevens thinks it was the same guy who stole the box in the beginning.
Tell the suspect it’s a deal. They chose to sell Harley Davidson at State Road 44 as their meetup location.
What the alleged thief didn’t know was that the police were involved in it.
Police said they saw a man arrive at the dealership on a bicycle. A little later, the man left the parking lot.
“I think he kind of took in what was happening because he started cruising as hard as he could on the road up (State Route) 44,” Stephens said.
Soon the officers caught him and arrested him.
“He immediately gave up the whereabouts of the goods and said he found them in a drug house,” Stephens said.
The suspect, Leonard Anarino, 54, faces three counts, including grand theft.
Stephens said this was very personal to him, especially because it was terrifying to think that the tools had been stolen not far from where his son slept.
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