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Suspect was arrested for stealing guard rails and putting them into a stolen truck.
Lawrence Preston Alford, DOB 02-07-65
2603 Lutz Lake Fern Road
Grand Theft Auto
Fleeing and Eluding
At approximately 2:40 p.m. on March 16, 2011 Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office responded to a theft in progress call in the area of Florida Avenue just south of Bearss Avenue. An individual was in the area stealing guard rails and placing them in his truck. When deputies arrived, the suspect fled the area where he was pursued by deputies. Deputies confirmed that the vehicle was reported stolen out of the City of Tampa. The suspect fled into the City where he was pursued by Tampa Police Officers along with Sheriff’s Office deputies and helicopter. In the area of Habana and Hillsborough Avenue stop sticks were deployed. The suspect stopped just south of West Jean Street and Habana with flat tires. The suspect then bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot. Both Tampa Police and Hillsborough deputies pursued on foot approximately 150 feet where he was apprehended.