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Tallahassee police arrest man accused of stealing thousands of Coach accessories

Gabriel Blandon
Posted at 11:38 AM, Dec 18, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee police have arrested a man accused of stealing a truck containing more than $350,000 worth of Coach handbags and accessories.

Tallahassee police arrested 31-year-old Gabriel Blandon on December 15. Police received information that a stolen semi-tractor trailer trailer was traveling south on South Monroe Street. The vehicle had previously been reported stolen to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Police were able to find the trailer by tracking it via GPS. When located the vehicle, they performed a traffic stop and arrested Blandon, a Crawfordville resident. During the stop they discovered that he was never issued a Florida drivers license, but had a suspension against a drivers license number.

Police contacted the owner of the trailer, a transportation company called AFN.  The company said that Macy's Department Store hired them to move more than 900 Coach brand designer products, all in the trailer, from Jacksonville, Florida to City of Industry, California.

In addition to the stolen trailer, Police discovered the tractor-trailer towing the vehicle was also stolen. The tractor was owned by a Marianna man, who hadn't reported it stolen at the time that Blandon was arrested. He said the tractor was supposed to be in a Blountstown repair shop, and he didn't know Blandon and hadn't given him permission to take the truck from the shop.  

Blandon is charged with grand theft, burglary, vehicle theft, and operating a vehicle without a license.