5 charged with planning massive diesel theft from Duette grove

HERALD STAFF REPORTNovember 15, 2013 

MANATEE -- Four men from Tampa and one from Clearwater, who allegedly hatched a plan to steal thousands of gallons of off-road diesel fuel at an orange grove in Duette early Thursday, have been charged with larceny, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Mario Gorrin-Capote , 35, Yosvani Alvarez-Guzmon, 31, Rafael Luis Cruz, 21, and Jenry M. Oliva, 27, all of Tampa, along with Vladimir Fominaya Lauzardo, 29, of Clearwater, all were charged and arrested Thursday, the report states.

Authorities believe that at roughly 12:45 a.m. the five drove to an orange grove in the 47000 block of State Road 62 East in two separate vehicles, four men in a box truck and one man in a Ford F350 full-size pickup.

The box truck, which was reported stolen out of Tampa, was towing a large enclosed trailer. The box truck and trailer contained large fuel tanks, piping and a pump commonly used to steal thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, the report states.

Authorities said the Ford F350 was utilized as the "look-out" vehicle.

The defendants cut the lock off a gate surrounding an orange grove and went to the nearest pumping station, the report states.

The men were in the process of setting up the equipment to take the fuel when a witness called the sheriff's office, the report states.

When deputies showed up, the four fled, leaving the trailer at the pumping station, according to the report.

They all jammed into the box truck and drove it into the orange grove, where they hid it and called the "look-out" for a get away, the report indicates.

The Ford F350 was spotted by deputies, and all five defendants were found inside, the report states.

The men told deputies they were hog hunting, but they had no firearms or dogs, the report indicates.

Gorrin-Capote and Alvarez-Guzman were in the Manatee County jail Friday in lieu of a $1,500 bond, according to the sheriff's office website. Oliva and Lauzardo were in the jail in lieu of a $2,000 bond, according to the website.

Cruz posted a $1,500 bond and was released from jail Friday, the website states.

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