PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy, who remembered a Pasco County BOLO dealing with theft of compressed cardboard boxes from a business in Hudson, observed a pickup and trailer filled with cardboard boxes south of Punta Gorda. The deputy observed two men at the Pilot Gas station on Jones Loop road at I-75/Exit-164 Monday at 4:22 a.m. The deputy followed the suspects and made a traffic stop on I-75 at mile marker 156.
Yoannys Garcia-Cabrera, 28, and Juan Miguel Pena-Romero, 25, both of Hialeah, were detained while deputies confirmed the BOLO with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. PCSO confirmed the pickup and trailer matched the license plates observed by employees at the Hudson Wal-Mart; video surveillance also identified the vehicles and two men.
Detectives said one of the men stated they were visiting friends in New Port Richey and on the way home stopped behind the Wal-Mart, not seeing employees or law enforcement, loaded the pickup and trailer with flattened cardboard boxes. Garcia-Cabrera advised they had done this in the past and wait until no one is around then take the cardboard boxes back to Miami and sell them to a recycler for about $140 per ton.
Both were transported to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with Grand Theft. Pena-Romero posted a $2,500 bond; Garacia-Cabrera remains in jail on $2,500 bond.