Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 10-286

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 30, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Detectives Arrest Two Suspects In Auto Theft Case

    One suspect in custody;  second suspect attempts to flee on riding lawn mower.
    • Wednesday
    • September 29, 2010
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • Hillsborough County


    Michael Ray Riddles
    DOB 03-06-62
    1020 Jerry Smith Road
    Dover, FL

    Charges: Grand Theft Auto
    Grand Theft (2 counts)
    Felon in Possession of a Firearm (ammo)
    Possession a vehicle with an altered/removed VIN
    Criminal Mischief

    Charles Ray McDaniel
    DOB 02-07-85
    2707 Trapnell Road
    Plant City, FL

    Charges: Grand Theft Firearm
    Felon in Possession of a Firearm
    Carrying a Concealed Firearm


    On September 29, 2010, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft detectives, while working a case, learned that Michael Ray Riddles had attempted to sell stolen property. The Auto Theft Section began looking into the allegation and as a result of their findings was able to obtain a court authorized search warrant for the property and home of Michael Riddles. One item that was reportedly in the possession of Riddles was a stolen Suzuki ATV (yellow and black in color). When detectives served the search warrant they located the stolen ATV in a shed located in Riddles' back yard. The ATV’s Vin numbers had been removed but detectives were able to identity the ATV as the stolen property.

    While detectives were at Riddles' residence they learned of a second suspect that was possibly involved in the thefts, and that individual was riding down Trapnell Road on a lawn mower. Detectives responded to Trapnell Road where they observed a subject driving a lawn mower. Detectives attempted to stop the individual (Charles McDaniel), however he tried to elude detectives on his lawn mower. As detectives conducted a traffic stop, McDaniel threw a loaded .380 Kel Tec in the ditch. McDaniel is a convicted felon and the gun was stolen earlier in the year in Hillsborough County.
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