Only in Florida: Man Jailed Over Milk Crate Attached to Bike

Betcha didn't realize people actually got arrested for that
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2016 4:19 PM CDT
This small dog had a smooth ride in a milk crate on the back of this bike Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Bakersfield, Calif., with a perfect place for his tail.   (AP photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

(Newser) – A man was arrested in Polk Country, Florida, Thursday after deputies spotted him riding around town with a dairy crate attached to his bicycle, reports WFLA. Timothy Troller claims he found the dairy crate on the side of the road and attached it to his bicycle— a common modification many cyclists use as a way to add storage to their bikes. Police officers say since the crate had the name of a local business on it, Sunshine State Dairy Farms, the crate belonged to the farm, and Troller was in possession of stolen property. Local sheriffs booked Troller into the Polk County Jail, where he will will face a fine or a short jail stay.

Troller's official charge: Possession of Dairy Crate. "Those who will go out an steal a milk crate ... are the same people who are probably breaking into cars, breaking into your house," Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Carrie Horstman says. It turns out Troller does have several prior offenses. His grandfather, though, says that doesn't justify the police taking action on such a "silly" pretext. "Wait until he does something wrong," the grandfather says. Horstman disagrees, saying: "You know the old rule we always tell our kids: If it’s not yours, don’t take it. Don’t ride around with it attached to your bike." (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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