The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has issued a look-out for two alleged con men who have rented heavy equipment and turned around and pawned it. One of the suspects was convicted last year of running a similar scam.
Here is the sheriff's office news release, issued this morning:
Detectives continue to investigate two subjects involved in a rental scam. Adam Arena, DOB 7-23-73, and Daniel Hensley, DOB 10-5-60, have been involved in a scam where they rent heavy equipment and then pawn the equipment.
Arena was arrested last June and charged with multiple counts of theft. He is awaiting sentencing on these charges but was out of jail in between 9-28-09 and 2-3-10 when he arrested again for violation of probation.
Detectives believe he may have committed additional scams during the time he was out of jail. Authorities are searching for Hensley as he has an active warrant for Grand Theft and is a known associate of Arena.
Detectives are trying to determine if any Tampa Bay area rental companies have been recent victims of thefts of heavy equipment. Anyone with information is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2506 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.