Deputies say man robbed business, tried to flee

By Times Staff
Published March 21, 2006

LAND O'LAKES - A Tampa man was arrested early Monday after authorities say he broke into a business, then led deputies on a brief chase.

That chase ended when the man drove his car onto the State Road 54 median, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report, and a sheriff's dog brought him down after he tried to run away.

Wendell Mickler, 34, of 12403 Northeast Lake Drive was charged with grand theft, burglary of a business, criminal mischief, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and resisting arrest without violence.

He is being held in the county jail on $16,500 bail.

According to the report, a deputy spotted the incident while responding to an alarm at Taylor Rental at 21516 Carson Drive.

Mickler used two large landscaping blocks to break open the front window, according to the Sheriff's Office, and stole more than $3,000 in goods, including seven fishing poles.

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