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Two men arrested in backhoe theft case

Police said they arrested two men off John F. Kennedy Drive yesterday and recovered Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller’s backhoe, which was stolen from Gladstone Road last week.

Police said they recovered a second backhoe that was chopped up into several parts.

The Nassau Guardian

understands the heavy-duty machine belongs to a construction company.

The suspects, 33 and 41, were arrested around 2 p.m. during a police operation.

The men are expected to be charged sometime today or early next week.

Miller, who has previously been a victim of crime, had offered a $1,000 reward for the return of his backhoe.

He said the 2004 Caterpillar backhoe was stolen from Gladstone Road just north of Aquinas College sometime between 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. last Tuesday.

The heavy-duty machine has a value $50,000, according to Miller.

Yesterday, he commended the good work of police.

“It bothers you that [people] could be so bold and presumptuous to just take a large machine,” Miller told The Nassau Guardian.

“We went in that place [where the machine was found early this morning at 1:30] and we saw other machines there stripped, cut in half. Almost a brand new backhoe, that could cost up to $70,000 or $80,000.

“I just want to urge all my [friends] in the business to be extra careful.”

He said his backhoe was in “good shape”, apart from a missing part, which may cost around $1,000.

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