Date: December 12, 2010
Time: 4:30 PM
Gulf Hammock, Florida- On December 10, 2010 the victim was in the woods hunting off Lebanon grade in Gulf Hammock. The victim noticed that his Primo ground blind was stolen and seen a red Ford Bronco leaving the property. The victim ran back to his truck to chase the suspect down when the suspect drove through a metal gate when leaving the property. The subject stopped long enough on Lebanon Grade road to throw the stolen property out of his Bronco and fled the area in a high rate of speed.
The victim was able to obtain a tag number and provided the information to Deputy Scott Stancil and Investigator Jay Crooms. Later in the day the suspect, Christopher Loren Eckblad was located at 21160 SE 65TH street in Morriston. Eckblad stated that he was in the woods looking for snakes when he noticed a ground blind in the woods. Eckblad admitted to stealing a ground blind, chair and a shovel valued at $ 370.00. Eckblad was charged with grand theft and criminal mischief.
Christopher Loren Eckblad
21160 SE 65TH Street
Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session