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Posted on May 20, 2016

Stolen lawn mower ends in two arrests

A homeowner acting on a hunch tracked his stolen riding lawn mower to a home just outside of Quincy, leading to the arrest of the suspect on Monday.
Daniel Amaya, 42, remained in the Grant County Jail on Wednesday. Amaya was arrested on a charge of first-degree possession of stolen property. Amaya, a habitual offender, also had two outstanding warrants, one for third-degree theft and another for possession of methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.
Also arrested on Monday was Amanda Alcala, 36, of Quincy. Alcala was in the home at the time of Amaya’s arrest. She became combative with deputies, allegedly kicking Sheriff Tom Jones, said Chief Deputy Ken Jones.
Alcala, who also was in jail on Wednesday, was arrested for third-degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Amaya and Alcala were taken into custody at about 7 a.m. on Monday at a home just south of the Quincy city limits at 8524 State Route 281. At the back of the home are numerous travel trailers, one of which Amaya was living in, Ken Jones said.
Grant County deputies served a warrant on the home after receiving a call from a citizen who was the victim of a burglary several hours previously, Jones said. A riding lawn mower was stolen from the man’s house in the 13000 block of Road 11, which is about six miles from Quincy.
The mower’s owner suspected Amaya may have been involved in the theft, a press release from the sheriff’s office stated. The mower’s owner went to where Amaya was living and found mower tracks in the dirt. He found the mower under a camouflage cover and then called police, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies responded, along with K-9 Grizzly, who was used to coax Amaya out of the trailer, Ken Jones said.
“The person whose mower was stolen did a great job of letting us know what had happened and where his mower was, allowing us to take action and arrest two people in this case,” said Sheriff Tom Jones.
The John Deere mower is valued at $5,500, according to the sheriff’s office.
Also found on the property were some stolen tools and a battery box owned by the local irrigation district, said Kyle Foreman, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office now will work to determine if it can identify the owners of the tools, Foreman said.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,

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