Wow Crazy people out there! Anyone hear about the guy who stole a mower Right from behind weingartz then tried to sell it! Heres the story: Man arrested for theft of expensive mower By Kristyne E. Demske C & G Staff Writer UTICA An almost $10,000 lawn mower is back on the lot where it belongs after a buyer on craigslist became suspicious of the seller and worked with police to catch the man, who later admitted to stealing it. Detective Sgt. David Faber said the Utica Police Department was contacted after a 38-year-old Romulus man, the prospective buyer, met a 21-year-old Macomb Township man in Allen Park to buy a 2007 riding lawnmower he learned about online in a craigslist advertisement. The ad said the mower was a 2007 model, used for only an hour, and the pair agreed on a price of $6,000. But Faber said when the Romulus man got the mower back to his shop, he found a sticker indicating it was a 2008 model, which retails for almost $10,000. Hes like, this doesnt sound right, Faber said. The Romulus man then called Exmark, the mowers manufacturer, gave the company the serial number, and learned it had been shipped to Power Equipment Distributors in Richmond. And when he contacted that company, the man learned the mower had been shipped to Weingartz in Utica. Faber said when the man contacted Weingartz, employees checked the lot where the mower should have been and found it missing. He said the man then put a stop payment on the check he had paid the suspect, Joseph Hanna, and contacted Hanna to tell him there was a problem with the check and hed have to pay in cash. I made an arrangement for them to meet at Dave & Busters in Utica under the ruse that this guys going to be paying in cash, Faber said. Thats when police made the arrest. Hanna was arraigned Oct. 29 on a charge of larceny over $1,000 but less than $20,000, a five-year felony. He informed me that he drove his truck, with the trailer attached, into the Weingartz parking lot and loaded it in and drove off while the store was open, Faber said of Hanna. He had actually done this before, when they did see him, and he gave them some story about he was giving a demonstration on a lawnmower when the employee stopped him. They had him unload this and he left. This time he got away with it. Faber said Hanna works for a landscaping business, so he was familiar with how to run the equipment. Thats also why his cousin, who came with him to sell the mower, wasnt suspicious that he was selling the machine. Faber said the cousin was not charged with any crime because he had no knowledge that the mower was stolen. Mr. Hanna confessed to me everything and he said the cousin just went along for the ride, Faber said. They know he works in landscaping, so it was no big deal to see him with a lawnmower. Weingartz store manager John Chambers said the way the business is set up, store employees get to know those affiliated with landscaping companies, so it didnt look that out of place when Hanna was loading equipment. They come in and they return mowers that theyve rented. A lot of time you just get to know people and you just dont pay attention, Chambers said. He confirmed that they had stopped Hanna in the past when they caught him in an implausible story but that he probably just got away with it this time. We didnt actually know it was missing. Chambers said they would definitely be tightening the way they do business in the future. The setup of the company means many pieces of equipment are parked outside, but he said theyre working to better secure items so it would be harder for someone to steal them in the future. Like most people, you get lax on things and you re-evaluate it, he said. The mower has since been returned to Weingartz, located on Van Dyke Avenue, and since the Romulus man stopped the payment on his check, no one was out any money. He was truly a good Samaritan in all this, Faber said.