North Florida Woman Charged in Chain-Saw Theft Spree

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Putnam County Sheriff

Police have arrested a north Florida woman in connection with a spree of chain saw thefts.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office reports that 28-year-old Bettie Joanne Mitchell is being held on four counts of larceny and two counts of resisting an officer.

Authorities say four chain saws were stolen from a Lowe's store in Palatka over three days. The chain saws were worth about $1,296.

The store's manager identified Mitchell after reviewing surveillance tapes of the thefts. He recognized her from previous encounters.

Deputies say they saw Mitchell entering a vacant home in East Palatka and that she hid in a closet and refused to come out.

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