Social media proved to be an effective tool for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and the downfall for a 26-year-old Inverness man.
According to the sheriff's office Thursday, March 18, a commercial burglary was reported Tuesday at Ag-Pro off of Southeast U.S. 19 in Crystal River, where an unidentified suspect cut a hole in the fence and removed three zero-turn John Deere mowers and a John Deere side-by-side.
A security camera at the business captured the suspect and the vehicle used in the theft.
Needing more information, CCSO investigators sought out assistance Wednesday through social media, prompting a tip from someone who spotted a truck and trailer resembling those leaving the theft at Ag-Pro.
Deputies responded to the Marathon gas station off of East Arbor Street in Inverness where the tipster saw the vehicle in question.
When they arrived, deputies found the vehicle and trailer, and, inside the utility trailer, they discovered a John Deere zero-turn lawnmower.
Deputies then made contact with the vehicle's driver, Killian Michael McLean.
As CCSO Community Crimes Detectives investigated further, it was determined that the John Deere zero turn lawn mower inside the trailer was stolen from Ag-Pro.
Detectives and deputies responded to McLean’s residence where the remaining lawnmowers and John Deere side by side were recovered.
Mclean was arrested and charged for criminal mischief, grand theft ($10,000 or more but less than $20,000), grand theft ($20,000 or more, but less than $100,000), burglary of a structure and violation of probation. No bond was set.