Escambia Man Accused In Theft Of $10K Worth Of Lawn Equipment

September 24, 2023

An Escambia County man has been charged with stealing over $10,000 worth of Stihl lawn equipment.

Rashaad Ramon Stafford, 28, was charged with three counts of burglaries and several counts of grand theft. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

The ECSO was investigating a recent string of burglaries where suspects were targeting businesses and vehicles. Last week, investigators were conducting surveillance and identified Stafford as a suspect. Stolen property was being stored at two residences and was recovered.

Stafford remained in the Escambia County Jail without bond.

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27 Responses to “Escambia Man Accused In Theft Of $10K Worth Of Lawn Equipment”

  1. CindyBo on September 26th, 2023 8:02 pm

    Well said Ron and George! I am in my 60’s and should be retired, but I can’t make it off of social security. So instead of stealing what other people have, I work for it. We want to make excuses for this guy and look at his rap sheet for the last 10 years! It’s sickening!!

  2. Bob on September 26th, 2023 7:59 pm

    @Ron Morgan

    7 X 12 is only 84 hours.

  3. Ron Morgan on September 26th, 2023 5:51 pm

    Bob, I worked 7 – 12s for almost 2 years on the Escambia bay bridge. If you want to work 107 hours a week is nothing. Much easier to just steal something from hard working folks.

  4. George on September 26th, 2023 9:40 am

    Bob I thought he was a good guy but like all liberals you twist things Goodbye

  5. Bob on September 25th, 2023 10:54 pm


    So if we can’t save everybody, we shouldn’t bother saving anybody. Awesome.

    Remind me again how voting for conservatives is supposed to make things better?

  6. George on September 25th, 2023 10:29 pm

    I would love to see all the drug addicts GEt clean and become productive members of society But in reality it’s just not going to happen.

  7. Bob on September 25th, 2023 9:52 pm


    I’m sorry to hear you feel that way.

    I have a few friends who were former addicts who managed to recover. Thankfully, their friends, family, and community didn’t just shrug their shoulders and say “addicts don’t care”.

    Personally, I’m a Christian. In my religion, Christ commands us to love and care for others. Even the poor, even the sick, even the addict. I believe that everyone is capable of redemption and deserves a chance to try.

    I’ll pray for you, and hope you learn to be a kinder person.

  8. George on September 25th, 2023 7:45 pm

    Most drug addicts do not care. Rehab for most of them is a revolving door.

  9. Bob on September 25th, 2023 4:59 pm


    Cool. So let’s fund drug rehabilitation centers, expand access to mental and physical healthcare, and promote safe-rest villages so people who are addicted can be safely reintegrated back into society instead of being stuck in the revolving door prison system.

  10. George on September 25th, 2023 4:28 pm

    Bob. Most likely an epidemic of drugs usage. Once hooked nothing else matters.

  11. Bob on September 25th, 2023 2:45 pm


    It sounds like you managed to find an AMAZING deal! Definitely hold onto it as long as you can!

    Let me ask it this way: If your children were starving and you didn’t have a way to provide for them legally, would you resort to stealing? I know I would.

    Maybe, instead of just mass-incarcerating anyone who breaks the law, we should instead do a bit of self-reflection and ask ourselves “what is wrong with our society that so many people are desperate enough to break the law?” and start tackling the root causes of crime instead of just the symptoms.

  12. CindyBo on September 25th, 2023 11:17 am

    @Chris Paul…He has 15 priors starting back in 2013. Charges include marijuana possession, battery, resist officer, fraud, larceny, burglary, counterfeit, selling cocaine, assault, damage property and carrying concealed weapon throughout these last 10 years.

  13. George on September 25th, 2023 10:57 am

    My apartment is $1250 per month and it is a nice gated community. So what is the solution. Work hard and try or cheat Rob and steal. ⁴no one said it would be easy. I like you Bob, you are OK in my book, just

  14. Bob on September 25th, 2023 8:47 am


    Rent should never make up more than 1/3 of your budget. Heck, most apartment complexes will not rent to you unless you provide them with paystubs proving you make at least 3x what they charge in rent.

    Let’s say you find a modest 1br apartment for $1400/month. That means you need to make at least $50,400/year to afford that apartment. If you’re working for $10/hour, that works out to 97 hours of work every week.

  15. George on September 25th, 2023 12:28 am

    Bob, 80 hours per week (two jobs) at $10 per hour is $800 ×4 weeks = $3200 plus two more days per month and a little overtime, say 5 hrs each job and you have about $3500 per month. That is about $42000 per year. Get a below average apt say for $1400 per month that’s $16800 per year and you have $25000 left for everything else. If you try you can make it. Did not say it would be easy. Then get married to a gal making $80,000 per year and you can quit one of your jobs. Lol

  16. Bob on September 25th, 2023 12:21 am


    Funny how it’s always the employers paying garbage wages that can never seem to find workers.

    Is stealing wrong? Sure. But if my family was starving and I couldn’t find any other way to provide for them? You better believe I would steal to support them.

    If you want to quote scripture about wages, feel free to flip over to 1 Timothy 5:18

  17. EMD on September 25th, 2023 12:02 am

    What George said was right on!!!!

  18. EMD on September 25th, 2023 12:01 am


    Toyota needs workers. They are short handed. Seems that every where I go, businesses are short handed. God did not say, “You shall not steal unless you are not being paid enough. Also, it is written: “I have never seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging for bread.”

  19. Bob on September 24th, 2023 8:16 pm


    Just two jobs?

    The average rent for a 1br apartment is currently just over $1700/month. If you’re working for minimum wage, you would have to work 107 hours per week to afford that.

  20. chris paul on September 24th, 2023 7:09 pm

    how many priors?

  21. RWA on September 24th, 2023 6:36 pm

    Many people hold down two jobs (or more) and don’t resort to stealing. I was brought up that you worked for what got. Also, when people had children they taught them right from wrong. That doesn’t seem to be the norm anymore. Hopefully, this young man can turn his life around and become a productive member of society. It’s not too late!

  22. GEORGE on September 24th, 2023 3:31 pm

    Bob, I worked 2 jobs on several occasions to support my family. I did what I had to do and I did not resort to stealing. if you can’t make it on one job get a second job, there’s plenty of them out there. you don’t have to steal from somebody else that works hard to put food on the table. DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE CONSERATIVE IF YOU WANT THINGS TO GET BETTER.

    Just a thought, too many people can afford what they want but than there is nothing left for what they need.

  23. Bob on September 24th, 2023 10:46 am


    Sure, there are plenty of jobs available. But how many of them actually pay a living wage? $10/hour at KFC isn’t enough to keep a roof over anyone’s head.

    If people can’t survive legally, they will eventually resort to surviving illegally.

  24. bob c on September 24th, 2023 9:09 am

    Rashaad, you are a real Jerk to steal equipment from others who need it to conduct their businesses and EARN a HONEST Living for their families.
    Yeah, you’ll likely get a fair trial and then a slap on the wrist with minimal punishment and have to promise to be a good guy going forth to steal no more.
    Those who you’ve harmed will take much longer will have to spend much more money to replace the things you so gutlessly stole.
    I do have to ask though, What were you going to do with all that expensive equipment?

  25. tg on September 24th, 2023 9:03 am

    No training needed for Road Crew he can start tomorrow morning.

  26. EMD on September 24th, 2023 8:28 am

    Yes. He stole the best. There are PLENTY of jobs available now. Maybe he thinks he is owed something. Most of us are not rich. We have to work and do without, unless we do or did work. Talk about not fair! The past is gone. Now he has a chance to prosper and make a difference in this messed up world. Instead, he is adding to the problems. If he saw himself as God sees him, his heart may be changed and his life and situation could be turned around for his good, and that of others. He looks so young. I hope he grows up and becomes a real man.

  27. Charlotte Bates on September 24th, 2023 1:08 am

    I must say he has good taste in lawn equipment. Too bad he wouldn’t get a job to buy this equipment instead of stealing them. Now the only lawn equipment he may be using is with the road crew.