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Officers recover stolen hunting equipment

News Release

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Hunting equipment stolen in Union County recently was rapidly recovered by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers.

A Union County hunter reported that his climbing tree stand, game camera and feeder had been taken from his hunt lease in the Providence area. The total value of items was more than $500.

FWC officers Bret Gill and Joseph Johnston went to the lease where the items had been stolen and were able to develop a lead by examining physical evidence in the vicinity of the hunt lease.

The officers’ investigation led to a nearby residence, where the occupants initially denied any knowledge of the theft. After confronting the two men with the evidence gathered, William Franklin Osteen (DOB 11/11/80) and Wayne Alan Dickson (DOB 03/04/86) confessed to stealing the hunting equipment.

“Mr. Dickson stated he had taken a feeder from the hunter’s lease,” Johnston said.

Dickson stated a friend had the game camera and climbing stand. The officers were able to recover those items in Lake Butler.

“The camera and climbing stand had been sold for $150,” Johnston said. “The victim was able to positively identify the items as his property, and they were returned to him.”

The two men are being charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property, and trespass.



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