Police: Man took tractor to buy beer

July 7, 2010 at 11:55 AM

LAND O'LAKES, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a man pulled over on a stolen tractor told deputies he took the vehicle to make a beer run.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Heath Cannon, 43, was pulled over on Wisteria Loop in Land O'Lakes at about 11 p.m. Friday while driving a $15,000 tractor reported stolen from a roadside construction site, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Wednesday.

Deputies said Cannon, who has previous convictions for theft, loitering and prowling, smelled strongly of alcohol.

"I'm sorry, I drove the tractor to the RaceTrac to buy a beer," a sheriff's office report quotes Cannon as telling deputies.

Cannon was arrested in connection with the theft of the tractor and charged with possession of burglary tools. He was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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