Frederick police arrested a man Thursday night who they allege took part in a multi-state theft scheme of lawn equipment, the department said in a press release.
Ryan Victor Weinstein, 38, of Frederick, is charged with theft scheme of more than $100,000, two counts of theft of $100 to under $1,500, two counts of theft of $25,000 to under $100,000 and stealing a motor vehicle, according to the department. He is being held without bail at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center while awaiting a bail review hearing.
The department received a tip Thursday afternoon from the Milton, Delaware, Police Department that a Caterpillar skid loader recently reported stolen in Delaware was at a property in the 100 block of East Seventh Street. Officers found a skid loader there, the release said.
Officers then seized and secured two properties based on probable cause that stolen equipment was found on the property, the release said.
After a judge signed search warrants for the property at about 9 p.m. Thursday, officers located a Vermeer wood chipper that had been reported stolen in March to the Frederick Police Department, the release said. Officers also found several pieces of smaller lawn equipment that had been stolen in other states such as Kentucky and Minnesota. Weinstein was present during the search, and police arrested him, the release said.
The Frederick Police Department is asking that anyone with more information related to this case contact Detective Michael Murphy at 240-674-7787. Those who wish to remain anonymous can reach the department by voice mail at 301-600-TIPS (8477), text message at 240-674-TIPS (8477), or by email email@example.com.