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Arcadia Man Charged With Grand Theft and 10 Additional Charges

DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office:
September 1, 2022
After a thorough investigation, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office’s Detective Pacheco and members of the Criminal Investigations Division conducted a search warrant on NE Roan Street, Arcadia. (This address is owned by the Alvarez family, and Ebifanio Alverez arrived at the scene of the search warrant moments after detectives began their search.) During the search warrant, numerous stolen items were located on the premises and inside the barn, which appeared to have been recently renovated with exterior walls. One of the items located was the dismantled tan F250 pick-up truck. Coincidently, Ebifanio Alvarez had reported a tan F250 pick-up truck stolen in April 2022. Other items on the property that did not belong to Alvarez, including a dump trailer reported stolen in 2021, were recovered. The rightful owner graciously arrived on the scene and took possession of his trailer.
Mr. Alvarez was arrested and charged with two (2) counts of Grand Theft, Scheme to Defraud, False and Fraudulent Insurance Claim, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Public Order Crime (keeping public nuisance structure for drug activity), False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities, and Remove/Alter Serial Number.
Due to the continued efforts of Det. Pacheco, the Criminal Investigations Division, and Road Patrol Deputies, numerous stolen items were recovered and returned to their rightful owners. The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who observes unlawful activity to join “Team DeSoto” and call DCSO at (863) 993-4700, SW Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip online at
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