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Robot deer helps make arrest in Sarasota County

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL - Sarasota deputies placed a robotic deer on the side of State Road 72 because of the recent incidents of road hunting and made an arrest soon after, according to a SCSO report.

Deputies said they put their new robot on the Carlton Ranch three miles west of Sidell Road. A white pickup truck with Prince Construction magnet on it passed by and drove back. Later deputies heard a pop sound ans saw something green fly through the air, according to the report.

SCSO deputies and a responding Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer pulled over the pickup which was trying to speed away and found a crossbow in it.

Deputies examined the deer and found a piece of a broken arrow in it.

They arrested the truck driver Alex Graham, 44, for trespassing and trying to take deer during closed season among other charges. Deputies also found some methamphetamine in the car.

Officials also arrested Tina King, 39, who was in the truck, as an accessory.

Deputies said, they will use the robot deer, equiped with a camera that will take pictures of anybody who gets close to it, as a weapon against poachers.
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