$9000 lawn mower stolen from Hillsborough County school

Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 18:29:56-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A lawn mower worth more than $9,000 was stolen from a Hillsborough County school Friday.

Landy Faedo, the head baseball coach at Alonso High School says the school resource officer came into his classroom to tell him it had been stolen. 

"We made a big commitment and spent a lot of money to get a mower so we can keep up with our facilities,” he said.

The grass is now growing quickly, "Less than a week since I cut, and it needs to be cut again” said Faedo.

He says students and their families helped raise the money to buy it last September. 

"They are just amazed that somebody would do something like that,” he said.

They hope they can get it back — it’s a brand new John Deere 915E zero turn mower. 

"I think they've probably seen me using that mower out here and thought a quick score for someone doing the wrong thing,” he said.

Faedo says whoever took it came through the school parking lot in the middle of the night and cut the chain links on the fence to get in. He says when the grass gets long it affects the game. 

"It's not a great satisfaction to sit here and cut grass all the time, I do it for them so we have a nice place for them to play and practice,” he said.

Hillsborough County deputies are looking into the incident as well.