After a ring of career thieves targeted Brian Aleshire's North Port lawn business he never expected to get anything back.
"I was down for a little while and lost a few customers because of it," he said.
His business Greenwave Lawns was hit in August. He woke up one morning and his truck and trailer were gone from his yard.
"We didn't know what we were going to do," said his wife Debbie Aleshire.
Deputies linked 56 thefts to a group of men.
Four were arrested and a warrant is out for the last suspect, Jhiramine Frazier.
Deputies said the group would steal trucks and trailers full of lawn equipments from
all over the state and then ditch them along Hillsborough County roads.
"We have not been able to give as much property back as we would have liked to have had," said Sgt. Frank Harned with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Kevin Murray of Murray's lawn service in Auburndale was hit twice by the ring.
"We've got to check out two things right here. I just see an edger and a back pack blower here that's it," he pointed out during the hunt.
He came prepared with a long list of items stolen from his businesses.
He said he lost over 50 thousand dollars.
Saturday he walked away empty handed.
"We were hoping. We were hoping for something," he said.
The Sheriff's Office said thousands of dollars of unclaimed lawn equipment was still stored in their warehouse.
If it is not claimed within 90 days it will be sent to auction.
"I hope that these people get justice is done and they get put awhile for a while," said Aleshire.
Aleshire and his family are working to make the money up.
He lost about 25 thousand dollars, but he got two weed eaters back and said justice is a bigger pay back.
"The best gift he got was that they were caught that's the best gift and he got his weed eaters he goes I got something," said his wife Debbie.
Those arrested were:
Anthony Woods charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property.
Frank Edwards, Jr. charged with grand theft.
Kenneth Pride charged with grand theft.
James Flucker III charged with grand theft.
A warrant has been issued for Jhirmaine Frazier for grand theft.
Anyone with any information on Frazier is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office at 813-247-8200 or if you would like to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477.
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