Traffic stop leads to felony arrest

A 28-year-old Seffner man and a 27-year-old Sarasota woman remain behind bars for grand theft and violation of probation following a Holmes Beach traffic stop.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Karlos Macias and Angel Scheller were seen May 23 stealing an industrial landscape blower valued at $600 from the 500 block of Kumquat Lane, Anna Maria, and leaving the scene in their vehicle heading toward Holmes Beach.

A Holmes Beach police officer stopped the vehicle in the 700 block of Manatee Avenue West for an unrelated traffic violation. While the officer had Macias and Scheller detained for the traffic stop, witnesses positively identified the pair as the theft suspects.

Scheller and Macias were arrested for felony grand theft, turned over to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Manatee County jail. They were held on $1,500 bond and scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Scheller and Macias were put on a release hold, however, due to both being on felony probation. A violation of probation charge was added to both suspects and bond was withheld.

Scheller is on probation for trafficking in stolen property and providing false information to a pawn broker.

Macias is on probation for grand theft and three counts of forgery. He was due to be released from probation in September.

Both suspects remained in custody as of Islander press time.

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