Just Another Theft...of a Utility Pole
A Lakeland, Florida man is facing a grand theft charge after allegedly strapping down a utility pole to his car and driving off in an attempt to recycle it, according to WFLA-TV.
Troopers say the driver, identified as 71-year-old Douglas Allen Hatley, was turned away because he didn’t have proper documentation for the equipment.
He was charged with grand theft and taken to the Hillsborough County Jail.
This was not Hatley’s first brush with the law. He was charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and false information on a secondary metals recycler form in 2017.