Former Lehigh fire official found guilty of grand theft

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A former Lehigh Acres fire official was found guilty of grand theft Thursday afternoon.

Robert Anderson was convicted of stealing six lawnmowers donated by the fire department to Habitat for Humanity in May 2016, according to the state attorney’s office.  The theft resulted in a loss of over $1,000 to the organization.

Anderson was sentenced to 60 days in jail followed by two years of probation, according to the state attorney’s office.

The prosecution argued Anderson tried to mislead the fire department and charity organization, while the defense asserted he planned to refurbish the lawnmowers to help the community.

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