BrightView landscaping crew captures man attempting to steal truck in The Villages

Jason Wade Howard

A team of BrightView landscapers arrested a man who tried to steal one of their trucks at The Villages.

The crew had been working on an irrigation system near Boone Gate on the historic side of the villages around 8:30 a.m. on Friday when they saw a man get into one of their work trucks looking for the keys, according to an arrest report from Lady Lake Police. When he tried to start the truck, the trio of BrightView employees pulled him out of the vehicle and held him until the police arrived at the scene.

The alleged truck thief was identified as 40-year-old Jason Wade Howard from Ocala. He has a long criminal history and spent a week behind bars last month after violating his probation for shoplifting.

He was arrested for a serious theft of a motor vehicle for a third degree crime. He was posted to the Lake County Jail on a $ 2,000 bond.

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