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Tips lead to arrests in lawn trailer theft in Cape Coral

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Posted at 11:05 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 13:03:00-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Police have charged two Southwest Florida residents after several tips connected them to a lawn trailer theft investigation in Cape Coral.

47-year-old Luanne Elizabeth-Hutt of Fort Myers is charged with Grand Theft and Probation Violation, and 45-year-old Nicholas Trigleth of Cape Coral is charged with Grand Theft, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

According to Cape Coral Police, an investigation began March 28th at a home in the 200 block of NE 20th Terrace. That's where a homeowner saw two people wheeling away a lawn trailer from their driveway and chased them away before they could attach it to their truck.

Surveillance video of the incident was shared online and in the media, resulting in tips from several sources.

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Surveillance image of a trailer theft in Cape Coral on March 28, 2019.

On June 28th, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office were in contact with the pair in Bonita Springs, and arrested them on the outstanding warrant.

“This case showcases what can be achieved when everyone works together. From the public identifying these suspects, to Detective Christenson’s investigative work in obtaining the warrants, to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office locating the wanted suspects, this case was a collaborative effort that resulted in a safer community for all of us,” says Master Corporal Phil Mullen of CCPD.