DCSO helps capture alleged motorcycle thief with other law enforcement agencies

Published 6:09 pm Friday, December 9, 2016

By Powell Cobb

Managing Editor

After recovering four stolen motorcycles on Nov. 16, The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office helped capture the suspect Thursday in Tallahassee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the North Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.

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The DCSO took out warrants last month for five counts of felony theft by receiving once investigators found the stolen motorcycles. Not long afterwards, the suspect, Sean Stanley, texted Lt. Brian Donalson saying he was planning on turning himself in.

“He sent me a text saying, ‘I’m not running from the charges, you know I’m going to turn myself in.’ He never showed,” Donalson said.

Investigators pursued addresses in Bainbridge and Tallahassee, but weren’t able to located Stanley. Finally, Donalson and other investigators located him in at a residence in Tallahassee on Ravens View Road through court-ordered technical surveillance.

LCSO and NFRFTF arrived at the address and Stanley jumped out the back door trying to get away. He was arrested in the backyard at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Officers discovered a shop in the residence’s backyard full of stolen four-wheelers, motorcycle frames and other tools. Just a few houses down, the officers found another shop with a stolen trailer, another four-wheeler and a stolen Toyota truck from the Recovery area. Parked next to them was a minivan that allegedly belongs to Stanley.

Stanley is currently in custody at LCSO.