BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – A man and a teenager were arrested Monday after deputies said they tried to steal a dirt bike during the sales meeting.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Antonio Greene and a teenager met the seller of a 2003 Suzuki dirt bike on social media and made arrangements to meet him at his home.
At the meetup, Greene asked to test drive the bike, according to deputies, which the seller let him do. Green then advised “like a crazy man”, according to the press release.
Deputies said with the bike out of sight that the victim suddenly no longer heard the bike, so they think the bike was off. The victim and his family then got into their car in search of Greene and the bike.
The victim was able to find Greene and the teenager on Centralia Road, according to deputies, where they saw the couple load the bike into a parked U-Haul truck. The victim tried to talk to them, but they quickly took off and sometimes drove in the opposite traffic to get away. The victim followed the truck for a while, but eventually lost sight of it.
The sheriff’s office said when they were on their way to where the truck was last seen when they received a call from someone reporting a suspected U-Haul truck parked behind a church on Kearsarge Lane. Deputies went away in that direction.
When they arrived at the church, deputies said they immediately arrested Greene and the teenager. The two identified themselves, and Greene told deputies that there was a gun in the truck.
Deputies said they found a black semi-automatic pistol in the cup holder and the stolen bike in the back of the truck. Deputies said the victim identified as the two as the people who took the bike.
When deputies interviewed Greene, they said he told them he took the bike for a test drive, but it broke right next to the rented truck. They said Greene admitted he put the bike in the truck, but told deputies he intended to return the bike to the victim.
Greene told deputies they were “freaked out” when they saw the victims driving to the U-Haul because he thought the victim would “rob” him, so they drove away, but pulled behind the church then ‘ t they lost sight of the victim.
The bike was returned to the victim.
Greene faces major theft car and possession of firearm in commission of a felony charges. The boy was accused of large theft car and taken to the juvenile detention center.