A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy arrested a Fort Myers man after he allegedly stole $3,000 worth of metal items from a mining pit in South Charlotte County near the Lee County line.
Virgil Raymond Williams Jr., 24, 6781Carmelita Drive, was charged with grand theft and trespassing.
At 3 a.m. Wednesday the deputy reportedly was parked on Little Farm Road by State Road 31 when he saw a Chevrolet S-10 pickup driving with lights off and a T-shirt covering the license tag.
Virgil Raymond Williams Jr.
He made a traffic stop on SR 31 by Horseshoe Road and found many large pieces of machined mechanical parts, he said.
The Earth Source Mine pit is owned by Sid Kidson LLC & Partners. Williams said he saw the large metal items by the pit and put them in his pickup.
Williams said he is unemployed and was going to scrap the items to pay child support. Williams was jailed on a $3,000 bond he posted and was released.