26-year-old James Blight

Haines City “Bulldozing” Man Receives New Charges

HAINES CITY, Fla. – A Haines City man, 26-year-old James Blight, was arrested on Saturday after stealing a front-end loader from a construction site, damaging property, and running over Biden political signs, has received new charges.

As Haines City Police continues the investigation continued on Tuesday, the following charges were added:

26-year-old James Blight
26-year-old James Blight
  • Grand theft greater than $20,000 (theft of front-end loader)
  • Trespassing on a construction site
  • Felony criminal mischief (taking down fence)
  • Driving with a license suspended or revoked
  • Leaving the scene of a crime with property damage (damage to street signs)
  • Leaving the scene of a crime with property damage (victim fence and political signs)
  • Petit theft (removing political signs from private property)
  • Driving an unregistered vehicle on the roadway
  • Trespassing to steal yard signs

According to police, the call was received at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and Blight was located in the area of Hinson Avenue and South Third Street while operating the equipment. The equipment had been taken from a construction site at U.S. 27 and Main Street. He was not authorized to take the equipment nor to operate it.

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