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Two arrested in heavy equipment rental scam
Authorities have arrested two men wanted in a heavy equipment rental scam.
Adam Arena, of St. Petersburg, FL, and Daniel Hensley, of Bradenton, FL, are suspected of scamming businesses by renting heavy equipment, such as backhoes, and then pawning the equipment. The pair would often rent equipment in one county and then pawn it in another.
Arena, who is currently in jail in Hillsborough County, has pawned many pieces of construction equipment throughout Florida, according to authorities.
Arena was arrested in Manatee County in June 2009 on charges of grand theft and stolen property for renting a backhoe from Bradenton Rent-All and then taking the machine, valued at $15,000, and pawning it for $4,000 at Pawn Pros II in Ruskin.
Arena has pleaded guilty to four counts of dealing in stolen property and four counts of providing false information on a pawn broker form stemming from 2009 incidents. His sentencing was scheduled for March 12 in Hillsborough, according to court records. He was arrested Feb. 17 by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on two new counts of dealing in stolen property and two counts of providing false information on a pawn broker form.
According to detectives, Arena was out of jail between Sept. 28, 2009, and Feb. 3. They believe he may have committed other crimes with Hensley.
Hensley was convicted of a charge of dealing in stolen property in Manatee in July, according to court records. He was sentenced to 100 days in jail. He is charged with grand theft.
Manatee detectives are asking any rental store employees who think they may have been targeted by the duo to call (941)747-3011, ext. 2506.
Shell Pipeline Company receives CGA award
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the nation's leading organization focused on protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, awarded Shell Pipeline Company LP the prestigious President’s Award during their annual meeting. The first annual President’s Award is presented to an individual, company or association who has demonstrated leadership and innovation in underground damage prevention.
“Shell Pipeline Company epitomizes the essences of the CGA President’s Award through its leadership and innovation in efforts made to protect people, property and the environment,” stated Bob Kipp, CGA President. Shell Pipeline Company President Mary Mujica, and other Shell staff were on hand at the meeting to receive the award.