$50,000 Caterpillar Stolen From The Road Department

On June 23, 2010 Bruce Greenlee the supervisor of the Levy County Road Department reported that unknown person(s) stole a Caterpillar back hoe valued at $ 50,000.  The Caterpillar was parked at NE 155Ave and US Highway 27. Investigators followed the tracks a short distance and the tracks disappeared.   Through a lengthy investigation Sgt. Mike Narayan located the Caterpillar in the woods in the area of 7800 NE 131st Terrace.  Leads were developed and Mitchell Randall Osborn was arrested on March 7, 2011.  Osborn, 32 years of age from Trenton confessed that he and Oakley Levi Hatten, 29 years of age, from Morriston stole the back hoe.   The two attempted to load the back hoe on a trailer and abandoned the Caterpillar in the woods in North / South Estates.  Osborn stated that Hatten gave him five oxycodone pills for his participation in the theft.  Osborn stated that he is addicted to pain killers and he is receiving help for his addiction.   On July 28, 2011, Hatten was arrested for grand theft.  Hatten stated that he was paid $300.00 dollars for stealing and driving the back hoe by the third suspect.    The third suspect has not been arrested at this time and a warrant for his arrest is forthcoming.   The back hoe had no damage and it was returned back to the Levy County Road Department.   Defendant:   Mitchell Randall Osborn 334 SE 9th Street Trenton, Fl W/M, 02/12/79 Bond: $ 50,000   Oakley Levi Hatten 11867 SE 40th Street Morriston, Fl. Bond: $ 50,000 W/M, 09/20/81     ###

Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell:    352-577-4218