2 Haines City men arrested for stealing plywood from construction site

HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Two Haines City men were arrested Sunday during an investigation into a robbery at a construction site.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old Gustavo Camacho and 48-year-old Edward Perez were arrested for trafficking stolen property.

The investigation began when detectives received a tip from Crime Stoppers that Camacho had stolen plywood from construction sites and sold it from his home on Jo Ann Road in Haines City.

Detectives found Camacho at his home and recovered 116 stolen plywood sheets, worth approximately $5,800.

At first, the sheriff’s office said Camacho denied stealing the plywood and said he went to construction sites and asked if the company needed help for the day. He said he then takes any remaining plywood with permission from the construction company.

Camacho later admitted to detectives that he stole the plywood.

While at Camacho’s home, deputies observed Perez attempting to leave the area with a wheeled tow truck loaded with 40 stolen sheets of plywood he had just purchased from Camacho for $10 a sheet. The retail price for lumber is about $50 per sheet, according to the sheriff’s office.

Perez told detectives this was the second time he had purchased stolen plywood from Camacho.

He was arrested for trafficking in stolen property and taken to Polk County Jail. Perez was released after posting $5,000 bail.

Camacho was arrested for trafficking in stolen property and for giving false information during an investigation. He was also taken to Polk County Jail and released after posting $5,500 bond.

Alice F. Ponder