Two men caught by deputies as they were stealing a riding lawn mower were arrested Thursday.
Raymond Platt, 47, and Ronnie Lee Lumley, 49, were taken into custody by Marion County Sheriff’s Office property crimes detectives after they were seen loading a Husqvarna zero-turn lawn mower into a trailer at Allen’s Lawn Equipment in the 5400 block of N. U.S. 441 in Ocala.
Detectives said they had received information days earlier that the men planned to burglarize the business.
Lumley told detectives Platt was the mastermind behind the burglary.
Platt declined to talk to detectives.
Both men were charged with burglary of an occupied structure and grand theft.
State records show Platt has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for grand theft, burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Lumley has served time for robbery and aggravated assault with a weapon.
- Austin L. Miller