Aransas Pass man arrested after attempting to steal farm equipment and evade arrest

On Monday, 08/05/2019, 4:25AM, VPD officers responded to Victoria Farm Equipment, 2501 Callis St. in response to an anonymous call of suspicious activity.

Officers observed a male, later identified as 34 year old Aransas Pass resident Shaun Ortlieb, inside the fenced area of the location.

When officers approached, Ortlieb ran from the location. A perimeter was set up and Ortlieb was subsequently located and detained.

Ortlieb’s truck and a trailer, which detectives later found out was stolen from a store in Corpus Christi, TX, was located nearby.

There was evidence that the trailer had been used to transport a stolen Husqvarna Zero Turn mower from Victoria Farm Equipment the morning prior.

Aransas Pass man arrested after attempting to steal farm equipment and evade arrest

Ortlieb was arrested at that time and charged with the following:

Theft <$2,500 > $30,000
Criminal Trespass
Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument
Evading Arrest or Detention

After the arrest, a search warrant was written for Ortlieb’s residence in San Patricio County. The search warrant was executed on 08/06/2019 by the VPD Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Unit Detectives.

San Patricio County Deputies and the South Texas Fusion Center assisted with the execution of the search warrant as well.

Detectives located not only the stolen Husqvarna Zero Turn mower from Victoria Farm Equipment and a second Kubota Zero Turn mower with the serial number missing, but also recovered a Dodge Challenger and a car dolly which had both been previously reported as stolen by other agencies.

Shaun was arrested again; this time by San Patricio County.

Shaun faces multiple more charges in Victoria as well.

This is a great example of the fine work of VPD Patrol Officers, Detectives, and other law enforcement agencies working together to see crimes such as this get solved.

The information in this article was sent in a press release from David Brogger, Public Information Officer with the Victoria Police Department.

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