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Florida Man Steals Utility Pole From the Side of Highway, Tries to Sell it For Scrap

On November 16, 2020, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers responded to the report of a theft that occurred on westbound Interstate 4, near Milepost 9. A motorist had loaded a downed power pole onto a small sedan.  The motorist then traveled with the pole, loaded on the roof of the vehicle, to a recycling facility on Harney Road, only to be turned away for not having the proper documentation for the equipment.  

Just before 11:00 AM, Troopers located the motorist (how we have no idea) at North 50th Street, near State Road 60, and arrested Douglas Allen Hatley, 71, of Lakeland, Florida. The utility pole and Hatley’s 1997 Toyota were recovered at that time. Hatley was charged with grand theft and delivered to the Hillsborough County Jail.  

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