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Two men arrested in botched burglary
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Two men arrested in botched burglary

Lakeland, FL -- Two Plant City men were arrested in Lakeland in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 8 after their burglary spree was interrupted by an EMS truck.

Cory Garrett, 18, and John Pearce, 22, were seen by a Lakeland police officer in the 3000 block of Cleveland Heights Blvd. at approximately 2 a.m. pulling a lawn mower north on the road.

According to police, as the men were hiding the lawn mower in a dark area of a yard at the 700 block of Sagamore Street, they heard sirens from an oncoming EMS truck responding to a medical call across the street.

As the sirens got louder, the two men fled, possibly because they thought the sirens were from police. They got to their car and left the area.

Officers were able to find them and recovered over $1,000 worth of stolen copper wire and other property that police believe was also stolen.

Police also found a total of 10 utility poles and Cleveland Heights Blvd. that had been tampered with and copper missing.

The lawn mower was also recovered and police were able to locate the owner who confirmed the mower had been stolen from his home. The men were also in possession of property stolen from a nearby boat.

Garrett and Perce, both of 3206 Denton Road in Plant City, were arrested and charged with Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling, Grand Theft, and Petit Theft.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

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