East Texas Business Owner Attempts To Buy Back His Stolen Lawnmower


A man was arrested after being found to be in possession of a stolen $10,000 Kubota lawnmower when trying to sell it on Facebook Marketplace.

On October 1, authorities received a complaint from a business owner of lawncare. The owner stated that his Kubota zero-turn mower, 16-foot trailer and weed eaters had been stolen.

Officials began to investigate and came across a video of a Toyota Tacoma in the area where the lawn equipment had been stolen. The vehicle was not initially seen with a trailer attached but was seen leaving the area with a trailer and equipment in tow.

Authorities believe the truck and trailer were stolen as well.

The business owner contacted authorities again after finding his lawnmower for sale on Facebook marketplace.

Investigators told the owner to set up a meeting to purchase his lawnmower back for $3,000, according to a press release.

Luis Sanchez was arrested and charged with theft of property between $2,500 and $30,000, tampering with identification numbers and displaying a fictitious license plate. He was taken to Gregg County Jail.

When officials searched Sanchez property, they found narcotics and several stolen items including, vehicles, trailers and lawn equipment.


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