St. Petersburg Police are looking for the public's help to identify suspects in a series of thefts from lawn maintenance company vehicles.
According to police, since Sept. 1 there have been 36 such incidents, mostly confined to the western side of St. Petersburg.
Typically the lawn maintenance worker(s) will be at a job site and briefly step out of sight of their vehicle to trim or cut grass. According to police, the suspect(s) then take that opportunity to drive up and remove any unattended power equipment such as edgers, trimmers, chainsaws and leaf blowers from the worker's truck or trailer.
Detectives estimate that equipment totaling approximately $100,000 in value have been taken over the course of this pattern of thefts, a news release said.
Any member of the public with information can call Detective Michael Egulf at 727-893-4066 or leave they can leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.