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Florida man tried to steal chainsaw by sneaking it underneath shirt

Police charged homeless man and chainsaw-thief Anthony Brian Ballard with grand theft.

By Fred Lambert

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Police say a homeless man was arrested Thursday for trying to steal a chainsaw by stuffing it under his shirt.

WPTV reports that Anthony Brian Ballard was charged with grand theft by police in Port St. Lucie, Fla., after authorities accused him of stealing the tool.

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Ballard is said to have entered a lawn maintenance store and asked to break a dollar into change. He then placed a chainsaw under his shirt and left the store without paying.

After fleeing on a bicycle, Ballard was eventually found by an employee from the business, who tracked the 28-year-old man down and held him until police arrived. The chainsaw was recovered in a vacant lot nearby.

Ballard was booked into St. Lucie County Jail. According to investigators, the bicycle used for the getaway was also stolen.

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