PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies handed out a total of 255 trespass warnings last weekend during "Operation Scarecrow Farms."
Multiple agencies loaded up in swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles to target the trespassers in the Scarecrow Farms area.
Members of the Florida Agricultural Crimes Intelligence Unit (FACIU) gathered in the Scarecrow Farms area, located off US 41 south of Punta Gorda, to look for what they suspected to be a large number of people who were trespassing on the property in order to use it as a free and unsupervised off-road recreational area.
At the conclusion of the operation, officers had handed out a total of 255 trespass warnings for having their off-road vehicles in the area. When someone is issued a trespass warning, if they return to that location they are subject be being arrested.
The Sheriff’s Office and the FACIU members plan to continue to monitor the activity in that area in the coming weekends.
The FACIU is made up of Agricultural Detectives and Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers from across the state. They were able to provide the officers working the operation with the necessary vehicles, such as 4x4 trucks, swamp buggies and ATVs. This particular operation was organized by the Sheriff’s Office’s Agricultural Detective Justin Treworgy. Other Sheriff’s Office personnel from Criminal Investigations, Warrants, Street Crimes, Community Policing and Aviation participated in the operation.